County Executive Pat Ryan announced information about Ulster County’s first drive-through mobile COVID-19 testing site located at Tech City (Kingston).
Ryan said he plans for a second site to open in Ellenville next week. The site, operated in partnership with Nuvance Health, will add significant testing capacity and streamline the process for residents to be safely tested. In addition, the mobile site will reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 at hospitals and medical practices, which are preparing to handle an increasing number of patients affected by COVID-19. Save-On, a local business in Kingston, has donated $100,000 in tent supplies for the location.
“Adding this mobile testing site will save lives. It will provide a significant surge in testing capacity, which will enable us to better treat those affected and slow the spread of COVID-19,” Ryan said. “I want to thank Nuvance Health and Save-On for stepping up during this critical moment for our community. Our entire team will continue to work around the clock to keep every Ulster County resident safe and healthy."
Individuals seeking a COVID-19 test at the testing site must meet all of the following criteria:
- You called your primary care physician’s office and had a phone consultation
- Based on your symptoms and other information you provided, your physician determined that you meet criteria for COVID-19 testing, and ordered a test for you
- You have a scheduled appointment at the collection site. Scheduling information will be provided by your physician.
Any individual who does not have a primary care physician can still be tested for COVID-19, and should contact the Ulster County COVID-19 Hotline at 845-443-8888.
Residents permitted by their physician to enter the site will be met by a trained provider who will collect a sample for lab testing. After leaving the test site, residents should drive home and limit interactions with others during this time. Those who are tested should plan to self-quarantine for up to 14 days and will receive self-quarantine guidelines at the collection site. It may take up to six days to receive test results back and individuals who receive tests will be notified by their doctor with the results. Both healthcare providers and law enforcement will be on site along with three clinicians from Ellenville Hospital.
Tech City is located at 300 Enterprise Drive, Kingston. The testing site is currently slated to be open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM by appointment only. Traffic message boards have been placed along entry routes (both Enterprise Drive and Boices Lane) to direct individuals.
There are currently 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ulster County.
For additional information about COVID-19 and the mobile testing process, please visit: https://ulstercountyny.gov/coronavirus
Ulster County COVID-19 Hotline: 845-443-8888
NYS Coronavirus Information Hotline: 888-364-3065