Phoenix Coffee Shop Owner Pays For Own Rapid COVID-19 Testing To Stay Open

From: azfamily.com

Local businesses are dealing with the fallout of Arizona’s COVID-19 testing backlog and long wait time for results, so much so that some business owners are now paying a pretty penny on their own to get rapid testing to be able to stay open.

A popular Phoenix coffee shop said it’s been frustrating. A longtime staple in the Melrose district, Copper Star Coffee is used to a bustling crowd. But Wednesday, it sat quiet and closed.

“People keep saying it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better and we’re seeing some of that right now,” said shop owner Bill Sandweg.

Sandweg said they’ve been able to stay open and serve customers safely during the pandemic despite significant revenue loss, but last week they got hit with a curveball. A staff member found out one of their friends tested positive for the coronavirus, after weeks of waiting for results.

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