PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Family get-togethers, COVID-19 exposures, holiday parties and upcoming flights are just four of the reasons people are flocking to COVID-19 testing sites this week.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller talked to a handful of the nearly 300 people expected to swab their noses outside one South Hills testing van.

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Officials are testing close to 300 people a day, with big rushes in the morning and late afternoon at the Curative testing van parked in the Chartiers Valley Shopping Center.

If you’re one of the people in need of a test or looking to test before an upcoming party or family gathering, call ahead or book online wherever possible.

Curative told KDAK it lets people book a slot online and you don’t even need to get out of your car. Other people told KDKA they were recently able to snag an at-home test at local pharmacies.

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“I was with somebody over the weekend who has COVID now and she tested positive, and it’s been five days,” said Bernadette Warner. “I figured I should get tested.”

“I called off work yesterday and now he’s making me get a test before I return back to work,” said Tina Brown. “Med Express told me they were putting a pause on their wait time and its over two hours.”

Both women came to Curative for testing in hopes of getting their results within 24 to 28 hours.

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People can also try to find a test through their primary care doctors, but main hospital systems like Allegheny Health Network said it’s often much faster to hit up a drive-through clinic.

Meghan Schiller