New Fast COVID Testing Websites in New York Metropolis Set to Speed up Reopening – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) There is anticipation and excitement for families to see loved ones in nursing homes in New York soon.
That announcement from Governor Andrew Cuomo also included big news about rapid testing, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported Friday.
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“I think testing will accelerate the reopening,” said Cuomo.
Additional locations in New York City are undergoing rapid COVID-19 testing, including BioReference on Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street.
There are 11 of these new test locations. Eight in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
“To give people quick tests so they can feel comfortable at all kinds of events,” said Dr. Jon R. Cohen, CEO of BioReference Laboratories. “So the rapid tests really give New Yorkers the convenience and security to do the things they should start with.”
BioReference and Clarity MedHealth launched these rapid test websites on Friday:
- Clarity MedHealth Mobile Laboratory at the New York Police Memorial, Liberty Street and South End Ave, New York, NY 10282
- Clarity MedHealth Mobile Laboratory at the Irish Hunger Memorial, Vesey Street and North End Avenue, New York, NY 10280
- Clarity MedHealth mobile laboratory at Pier A, 22 battery space, 10004
- BioReference, 1700 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
- BioReference, 6 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
- BioReference, 599 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022
- BioReference at CVS Pharmacy, 27 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
- BioReference at CVS Pharmacy, 30-97 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103
- BioReference at CVS Pharmacy, 1916 Williamsburg Road, Bronx, NY 10461
- BioReference at CVS Pharmacy, 2182 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
- BioReference at CVS Pharmacy, 475 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
The results come back in just 30 minutes. For most members of the public, the service costs $ 30 per test.
The governor said rapid tests are key in getting people back to nursing homes to visit their loved ones and announced upcoming changes to the protocols.
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“This is going to be a very big cause for residents and families of nursing homes,” said Cuomo.
The governor said the details would be announced by the state health department on Monday. This is because he is facing increasing criticism of his dealings with nursing homes in the pandemic.
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Daniel Reingold, President and CEO of the Riverdale Hebrew Home, said he was glad to have visits to these wards again.
“It’s been so long since it was time to visit. We’re just so excited, ”said Reingold.
Back in December, CBS2 reported the first vaccination of a resident, Kelley Dixon, who stated, “I will go to Yonkers and see my grandchildren.”
“Ninety-eight percent of the residents of the Hebrew home were vaccinated. Many of our employees have been vaccinated. By now, and certainly for the coming months, family members will likely have access to the vaccine. This ensures security and the ability to run quick tests is easy. It’s fast, ”said Reingold.
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Since visitors are required to present the results of rapid tests before entering, the state provides them with this service free of charge.