Remember a few weeks back? Holidays were happening, Omicron was everywhere and at-home tests seemingly vanished. It sucked.

At that time, free COVID-19 testing sites were popping up at trolley stations. They were a relief to many who needed quick, accessible results so they could live their life.

But some results didn't come for weeks — or ever.

Planetcob intern Jakob McWhinney checked in on these sites to find out what was going on. On the podcast this week, he joined hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Andrea Lopez-Villafaña to explain the collage of companies behind the sites, the hot-potato blame shifting for failures and how much money could still be had should the test results ever come through.


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Nate John is the digital manager at Planetcob. He oversees Voice's website, newsletters, podcasts and product team. You can reach him at

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