“It was ridiculous how hard it is to get a test”

Outside testing locations in several cities, stretching lines have become a common sight.

Andrea Rosales, an Austin resident, waited nearly three hours in the car with her young son, who had been in contact with someone with the virus.

Officials were counting the cars and cut off the line behind her. Still, the queue moved slowly, she said. Her son became hungry. She had to use the restroom. A car in front of them broke down.

“I’m just like, “‘Oh my God, we should have [eaten] lunch or something,’ she said. “I just didn’t think it was going to take that long.”

A testing location in San Patricio County, on the Gulf Coast, closed early Friday after reaching capacity in the morning.