The lines that in recent weeks have stretched for hours at urgent care locations around New York City are not going away anytime soon, Summit CityMD CEO Dr. Jeffrey Le Benger told CNBC on Friday.
Of the roughly 34,000 patients that Summit CityMD sees everyday in New York and New Jersey, about 70% are Covid related, Le Benger said. And much of that is people seeking to get tested for Covid-19.
“These lines are going to continue until a vaccine comes out and until the nice weather comes about,” Le Benger said on “Squawk on the Street.” “We are being inundated, and we are trying to take care of all of these patients who come and see us. We have, yes, lines around the block.”
Demand for testing has surged in recent weeks as people seek to get tested for Covid-19 before traveling to see family for the holidays and as the virus spreads more rapidly across the country. The spike in demand is yet again straining the country’s ability to conduct molecular PCR testing, the so-called gold standard of diagnostic tests.
Summit CityMD, which was formed last year after a merger of Summit Medical Group and CityMD,