Need a COVID-19 test on Thanksgiving? This is your best option

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By Kasey Cunningham, WRAL reporter

A section doc is powerfully encouraging at-home COVID-19 investigating earlier gathering for Thanksgiving -- adjacent if you're vaccinated.

Dr. David Wohl, an infectious illness specializer astatine UNC Health, said, if you'll beryllium with household oregon friends from extracurricular your household, investigating should beryllium considered whether you're traveling oregon staying home.

Wake County's investigating sites and galore others crossed the authorities are closed Thursday, but speedy at-home tests recovered astatine CVS and Walgreens tin beryllium performed connected Thanksgiving Day, delivering results successful 15 minutes. WRAL News recovered tests astatine some stores for $23.99.

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While doctors accidental these accelerated tests are not arsenic close arsenic the PCR tests, they volition trial for precocious viral load, which is predominant with Delta cases.

"If everyone’s vaccinated, if everyone’s boosted, I would inactive trial them," Wohl said. "I would usage a accelerated trial the time of the dinner. I would trial them the day-of. That’s what we’re doing astatine my house, and I deliberation that’s the astute mode to bash it."

Wohl recommends packing the tests and bringing them with you to dinner.

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Many investigating sites volition beryllium closed for the holiday. Even if they're open, it whitethorn instrumentality much than 24 hours for results to beryllium returned. Wake County Public Health investigating sites volition beryllium closed Thursday and Friday, reopening Saturday.

You tin find different tests successful the authorities here.

Despite caller ups and downs, North Carolina has made important strides containing the dispersed of COVID-19 since past Thanksgiving.

Average caller cases are 45% little present than they were past year, and we're besides seeing 32% less deaths a day. Also, 38% less radical are successful the hospital.

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Currently, 57% of radical ages 5 and up are afloat vaccinated successful North Carolina. More than 100,000 kids betwixt the ages of 5 and 11 person gotten astatine slightest their archetypal dose.

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