People face long lines as they rush to get tested for COVID ahead of the holidays

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People wait in long lines in Times Square to get tested for COVID-19 on Monday. New York City, which was initially overwhelmed by the pandemic, has once again seen case numbers surge as the new omicron variant becomes dominant.

Americans are scrambling to find out if they’re COVID-free so they can go through with their plans. But for many, that means queuing up for hours or tracking down scarce at-home testing kits.

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