CATSKILL — The Public Health Department will hold an outdoor COVID-19 testing clinic behind the Greene County Office Building on Wednesday.
The clinic will be held from 4-7 p.m. Testing is available by appointment only. To register, call 518-719-3600 and press “1.”
In Columbia County, upcoming clinics include June 30 and July 7 at the former John L. Edwards School from 9-11 a.m.; July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Columbia County Department of Health; and July 28 from 9-11 a.m. at the former John L. Edwards School. Pre-registration is required for the clinic at the health department.
As of Tuesday, Greene County has two active cases, according to the Public Health Department. A total of 5,492 Greene County residents have been tested, with a 4.7% positive rate.
On May 12, the county had 91 active cases, 26 of which are nursing-home residents. The percentage of positive results at that time was 12.8%. In three weeks the county’s COVID-related deaths increased from 14 to 18.
In Columbia County there were 24 active cases, according to the health department Monday. A total of 9,542 Columbia County residents have been tested, with 431 positive cases and a 4.5% positive rate.
On May 12, the Columbia County had 192 active cases and the rate of positive results was 13%. In the last four weeks, COVID-related deaths have increased from 24 to 37.
Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said the county’s recent clinic at Cairo-Durham Elementary School on June 4, where 92 residents were tested, yielded no positive results.
Another clinic was held at the Greenville Elementary School on June 11, and of the 93 residents tested, three positives came back but these individuals were previously positive for the virus, Linger said.
Similarly, clinics held at the Chatham Fairgrounds on June 7, 110 residents were tested, and the former John L. Edwards Elementary School in Hudson on May 27 and June 2, where 34 and 45 residents were tested, respectively, resulted in no positive tests, Columbia County Department of Health Public Information Officer Patricia Abitabile said.
Columbia County’s first clinic at Columbia-Greene Community College on May 8, where 82 residents were tested, resulted in six positive results, Abitabile said.
Greene County’s earlier clinic at Catskill Middle School on May 16, where 62 residents were tested, had one positive result, and the clinic at the Coxsackie-Athens district campus on June 4 yielded two positive results, Linger said.
Greene County conducted another clinic for 96 residents on June 18 at the Windham Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Columbia County held a walk-up clinic at John L. Edwards on June 16, testing 22 residents, and on Tuesday, where 51 residents were tested. Results are not yet available for these clinics.
Both counties have reported incidences of residents not showing up for their scheduled appointments to be tested.
“We had 95 people scheduled [in Coxsackie] but 22 didn’t show up for their appointments,” Linger said.
At the Chatham clinic, there were about a dozen no-shows, according to health officials.
Greene County Emergency Services is offering personal protective equipment to local businesses such as gloves, face shields and hand sanitizer by request. Businesses can submit a request for supplies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the request is processed, supplies can be picked up at 25 Volunteer Drive in Cairo.
OTHER TEST SITES
Walmart began testing outside its Catskill store May 22. Drive-thru testing is available for adults who are symptomatic and essential workers Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7-9 a.m. People who wish to be tested must register using Quest Diagnostics’ portal at www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com.
WellNow Urgent Care, with locations in Hudson and Albany, is offering traditional COVID-19 testing and antibody testing. These tests are available to patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to the virus. No appointment is necessary, according to wellnow.com, and patients will receive results in three to five days.
For traditional COVID testing at SUNY Albany, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline 1-888-364-3065 and go through a screening process to be approved for testing, at which point a PIN number will be assigned.
Albany County is partnering with the Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center to offer mobile testing throughout the county. Testing can also be received at the center after pre-approval and scheduling an appointment. A list of the mobile locations can be found at https://www.wmyhealth.org/covid-19-updates/covid-19-testing/
To schedule an appointment, call 518-465-4771.
Rite Aid is offering testing at its locations in Colonie and Kingston. CVS has testing services at two locations in Albany: on New Scotland and Central Avenue, as well as in Kingston.
Walgreens has testing services in New York, although it is unclear if it is offered at all locations.
Ulster County has three testing sites: TechCity in Kingston, Kingston Midtown Mobile Testing Site at Grand Street and Ellenville Regional Hospital.
For the TechCity and Ellenville locations, a doctor’s order is required. For the Midtown Kingston location, no doctor’s order is needed but an appointment is required. To go through the screening process for an appointment, call 845-393-2730.