DENVER (KDVR) – Need a COVID test? Good luck! Soaring demand and limited supply are leading to long queues and empty shelves in Colorado.
Storefront signs stating “No COVID Tests” are appearing on the Denver subway line. There were no home tests at Walgreens in 35th place and Colorado late on Wednesday, where the FOX31 Problem Solver spoke to people trying to take the test.
“I was hoping to get one today because I’m flying home tomorrow,” said one woman trying to get home to Oklahoma.
Across the country, experts say demand has skyrocketed and supply can’t keep up. The Walgreens position says it could get more tests next week.
Meanwhile, in the Walmart neighborhood of Denver Central Park, a store employee said they are limiting one test per person. They’re not sure when more tests will be available.
“I think they should make them more available, and I think a lot of people will use them,” said one Denver resident.
Walmart told FOX31 that it is seeing significant demand for at-home COVID-19 testing kits. However, the retail giant said it has strong inventory levels at stores across the country.
Problem solvers also visited a CVS site in downtown Denver near Union Station. That pharmacy also ran out of test kits. Near that CVS, people lined up on the sidewalk to get tested at a clinic near 18 and Blake.
Various urgent concerns in the subway are reporting on long lines and limited arrival appointments.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says there are more 150 free COVID testing sites statewide. CDPHE is also developing free rapid test kits to be delivered to your door. The state says it has distributed more than 1.3 million tests to Coloradoans.
“Individuals typically receive confirmation emails and tests about a week after placing an order, but we are seeing some shipping delays during the holidays,” CDPHE wrote in an emailed statement. . “When someone requests a test, they will receive an order link within one business day of filling out the form. They will receive a confirmation email when the tests ship,” the department added.
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