It’s a line of the times.
A Brooklyn woman has started a Twitter account dedicated entirely to logging the length of the line outside a CityMD clinic on her block — in an effort to help locals know when they can get tested for COVID-19 without having to wait for hours.
Francine Ricchi said her account, @CityMDline, is a way of “bringing attention to testing and helping people figure out what to do.”
Ricchi, who has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, began tracking the line outside the urgent care clinic on Atlantic Avenue, near Nevins Street, earlier this month after noticing that the usual handful of people waiting for a test had grown to between 20 and 40 at any given time.
“All of a sudden it went from no line to slowly increasing,” she told The Post on Wednesday.
The good Samaritan — whose day job is on the management team at Chelsea Piers Fitness Brooklyn — had already been letting her friends in need of COVID-19 tests know the best time to come to the CityMD in her neighborhood, when she decided to expand the service to social media.
“It’s been a great practice session on social media for me,” Ricchi said, “having me branch out to different people.”
She modeled her account on a similar one that tracks the line outside the nearby Trader Joe’s at Atlantic and Court Street — and now posts around five times a day.
As a surge in cases has seen testing lines around the city grow, Ricchi has recently noticed people start to join the queue at around 7 a.m. — an hour before the clinic even opens most days.
She said that’s the best time to go, since the line just keeps getting longer as the day goes on.
“Get there early. Before opening. And then at least you know it’s a little more doable,” she said.
Now people have started sending her photos of lines outside other Big Apple clinics, which she shares with her followers on Twitter. And she’s urging more New Yorkers to join in.
“Tweet me your line pics!” she said.