Demand for COVID-19 testing slows

Free testing brought lines of cars stretching through Statesboro, now testing is a breeze

Chase Amoroso, Correspondent

In one single week last August  MAKO Medical tested over 1,100 people under their white tent, however for now, things seem to be slowing down for them.

For the past few weeks the MAKO medical COVID-19 testing site in downtown Statesboro had been experiencing extremely long wait times.The line of cars stretched down and around the road and workers had to turn people away.

“I’ve been waiting over two hours now,” said Latasha Lawson, who was waiting in the line of cars in August. “I’m the second-to-last person in line, and I feel like I will be here for another hour at least. I’m just trying to get my daughter tested.” 

Recently though there have been little to no lines or wait times at the testing location.  

“When I first started working we were really busy,” said Jordan Gibbons, a runner for the MAKO Medical tent in Statesboro. “ We were so busy we actually had to turn cars around because there was no way we could test every single person in that line in one day. That was the bad part about it, but now we’ve been slowing down and we’re pretty empty. It’s nearly noon now and we have probably seen less than 100 people.” 

While the demand for testing at the moment is low, Bulloch County’s has a positive test rate of 23.1%, suggesting that they are not testing enough and cases may be going undetected, according to CovidActNow.

Mako medical is still offering free COVID-19 tests Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on every last Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

To register for a COVID-19 test go to the MAKO medical web page and follow the instructions, or call  919-351-MAKO (6256) to register by phone.