Locals Report Hours-Long Wait to Receive COVID-19 Tests in Austin, Texas

A resident of Austin, Texas, said he waited in line for hours at a drive-thru medical facility for coronavirus testing on Saturday, June 27, as reports said the number of cases soared across the state.

Stefano West shared this video he recorded of himself receiving a nasal swab test in his car at the Austin Emergency Center after he said he waited in line for four and a half hours. “Hopefully in a few days I have a negative result,” West added.

In the video, a medical practitioner inserts a swab into West’s nose, making him tear up at first before bursting out laughing.

Due to a surge in demand for tests, Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced on Friday that people that do not have COVID-19 symptoms can no longer get tested for the virus in Austin, local media reported.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Texas and several other states have risen considerably in June, according to reports. As of June 27, Texas had recorded at least 143,000 cases, according to a state database.

The recent spike led Texas Governor Greg Abbott to walk back reopening measures the state had previously rolled out. Credit: Stefano West via Storyful