Mon. Dec 6th, 2021

Green bean stew and pumpkin pie are so pre-pandemic – these New Yorkers bring a negative COVID-19 test to Thanksgiving dinner.

The city’s residents and visitors showed up in droves to be tested for coronavirus before celebrating the holiday with family and friends on Thursday.

“New Thanksgiving tradition,” said an Upper West Sider who gave his name as Ben C. while getting a free quick test at a local CityMD venue before seeing his in-laws.

He was one of 100 people who passed through the clinic on Broadway and West 70th Street before closing at 6 p.m. 13.00. A woman who came there at 13.40, was in tears when she found the place closed.

Judy Corcollo, 59, was in town from Washington DC to spend Thanksgiving with her family in the Big Apple.

“My siblings want to know, and everyone is worried about my 85-year-old mother,” she said, awaiting her results.

Up at the ClearMD Clinic just a block away, about 20 people had paid $ 45 each to be screened at. 2.30pm, which was “above average” for the place, said one worker there.

A sign outside a hospital announces COVID-19 testing on November 19, 2021 in New York City.
A resident of the Upper West Side called it urgent to test COVID-19 as a “” new Thanksgiving tradition. “
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A woman in a fur coat, who gave her name as Kathy K., got a quick test before heading across town for a friend’s dinner on the Upper East Side – and was grateful for the abundance of test sites in her neighborhood.

“I know how privileged I am to have the opportunity to have a COVID test at the last minute today,” she said. “Others do not have the same luxury in the city.”

Whitney Gold, 29, said her pregnant sister required all guests to have a COVID vaccine and negative test to attend her Thanksgiving celebration in New Jersey.

“No one wants to get sick, especially putting her and the baby at risk,” said Gold, who was given a quick test at ClearMD.

“A booster is not a requirement, thank God I could not get an appointment in time,” she added.

A Lab Q Diagnostic mobile test site parked on West 72nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue got about 100 people to get a free quick test before noon. 13:30, which is lower than the average of 500 daily earlier in the week.

“We’re going to see Wicked tomorrow and my son only has one shot, so that’s required,” said Jeff Galecke, 46, who was visiting the Big Apple from Boston with his 11-year-old son Andrew.

Tommy Liberto, known as' Mr.  Christmas Tree 'from Bel Air, Maryland, poses with employees at a COVID-19 test site on November 19, 2021.
Tommy Liberto, known as’ Mr. Christmas Tree ‘from Bel Air, Maryland, poses with employees at a COVID-19 test site on November 19, 2021.
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“We’re here from Boston and have a tradition of going to a Mexican restaurant with relatives in town,” he said. “This is great, so have mobile tests readily available.”

Additional reporting by Tamar Lapin

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