BOSTON (CBS) — COVID cases in Massachusetts have been spiking for several days, largely because of the Omicron variant.
Many residents are now desperate for COVID-19 test results to get back to work or school, but the lines for tests are long across the state.READ MORE: Man In 'Grave Condition' After South Shore Plaza Shooting In Braintree; No Arrests Made Yet
At a COVID testing site in Saugus on Saturday, there were sprawling lines of cars, with people waiting for hours.
“We got here around 12:45 p.m. because we wanted to be first in line for two, and it’s now almost 4:40 p.m,” said Boston resident Allie Vanliere.
Residents are calling on lawmakers to provide more testing options.
“This is what you have to do to get tested, so I feel like the state should open more ‘Stop the Spread’ sites to benefit everyone,” said another person waiting in line.
In Boston on Saturday, Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, says that’s what they’re working on.READ MORE: Driver Killed By Commuter Rail Train In Wilmington Identified; MBTA Says 'Human Error' Focus Of Investigation
“We have all see the long lines for testing. This is completely unacceptable. So we’re working diligently to increase access to testing throughout the city of Boston,” said Dr. Ojikutu,
Boston’s current positivity rate is 32%, which is up from 22% a week ago. More than 2,000 cases are being reported each day.
“These next few weeks are going to be difficult. We need to wear masks, get tested, get vaccinated, get boosted,” said Ojikutu.
Some who waited in line said they understood the wait.
“It’s what it is. It’s important that we get this test, so I’m not mad, I’m not aggravated. I’m just waiting to get my turn,” said Anne-Marie Nardella of Saugus.
So far, hours at the Anna Cole Community COVID testing site in Jamaica Plain have been extended.MORE NEWS: Vigil And March Held In Belmont For Henry Tapia, One Year After Being Killed In Road Rage Confrontation
Mayor Michelle Wu says her team is working on opening other high capacity sites as soon as possible.