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People Keep Lining Up for COVID Tests, Even in Icy Cold

It was icy and in the teens Saturday morning, but there was already a line of cars waiting to get in near a testing site at Revere High School before it opened at 7 a.m.

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With rising COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, the weather isn't stopping people from getting tested Saturday.

COVID testing sites are back open again after many were being closed for the snowstorm that hit Friday.

It was icy and in the teens Saturday morning, but there was already a line of cars waiting to get in near a testing site at Revere High School before it opened at 7 a.m. The site was accepting walk-ups and drive-throughs.

While some clinics shut down because of the weather, many students were getting booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine at Beverly Middle School.

Friday's snowstorm left about half of Boston area clinics closed because of the heavy snow. The Department of Public Health recommended at-home rapid tests. Still the critical and urgent need for testing, continues amid a post-holiday surge. 

People have been waiting for hours at sites like this, with at-home kits are sometimes hard to find on store shelves and some people preferring to take PCR tests, rather than the faster but potentially less-reliable antigen tests.

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