Updated: 2:23 p.m.: An employee of the Alaska Airlines Center wrote on Twitter at 2:19 p.m. today that it “looks like they’re testing again” and that the line of vehicles stretched all the way back to the traffic circle on Elmore.
An Anchorage resident seeking to get tested for COVID-19 this morning, says he arrived bright and early at the Alaska Airlines Center at 7:20 a.m. ahead of its scheduled 8:00 a.m. opening.
According to a post made by the resident on social media platform Reddit earlier this morning, when he arrived at 7:20 a.m. a line of vehicles had already formed at the testing center. By 9:00 a.m., testing center staff still had not arrived and the line of vehicles was stretched to Elmore and the building.
Sometime after 9, the man updated his post to reflect that a “nice lady” had walked down the line of vehicles and explained to those waiting in line that workers had not shown up but that they were hoping to be open within the next 20 minutes.
“This is beyond frustrating, a lot of us in this line are sick,” the man wrote in his post.
After 10:00 a.m., the man updated his Reddit post again and wrote that the barriers prohibiting vehicles from moving forward had been taken down only for those who had been waiting in line for hours to be told by testing center workers that there were no tests available.
“What a shit show,” the man wrote.
The Alaska Airlines testing center is a popular testing location operated by the state of Alaska and the inability for residents to get a PCR test is certain, if true, to heavily impact the Municipality and further strain other heavily utilized testing centers.
A representative from Alaska DHSS could not be reached for comment about the details laid out by the man in his social media post.
Other covid testing locations are listed on the Anchorage Covid Test website which you can find below.