Pediatricians feeling overwhelmed as the demand for COVID tests grows

September 30, 2021 at 09:56

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Local pediatricians say they are seeing a large increase in COVID testing in their offices, sometimes resulting in longer working hours.

A doctor told NewsChannel 9 they had more than 100 tests done on Monday and needed to stay longer to make sure they were done.

Another doctor, Dr. Robert Dracker of Summerwood Pediatrics, says they’ve also seen a big increase.

He said they go through so many tests that they ran out at one point because the manufacturers couldn’t keep up with the high demand.

With school nurses having to test every child who says they feel sick, it then burdens the pediatricians and other practices that need the tests as well.

Onondaga County Executive, Ryan McMahon, has announced that there will be a new testing location for asymptomatic students at the Hamilton Street Boys and Girls club 5 days a week.

The test location will be open from Thursday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, and students must register online.

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