‘I break down’: The emotional toll on frontline workers at COVID-19 testing sites


ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WSOC) — Health care workers are testing thousands of North Carolinians each day, but officials said setting up sites and administering tests isn’t always easy.

WSPC recently got a behind-the-scenes look from Mako Medical to learn how it turned an apartment complex parking lot into a COVID-19 testing site and the impact that testing has on frontline workers.

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“I always say, ‘I’m built for this. I’m built for this.’ But no one is ever prepared for this,” said China Manning, a Mako Medical Patient Care employee.

Manning has been distributing tests at nursing homes, businesses and testing sites since the pandemic started.

“I’m doing testing all day long,” said Manning.

Mako Medical is one of the largest COVID-19 testing labs in the country. The team works to set up sites with counties and organizations. The group set one up Thursday in Rowan County.

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