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Walk-Up COVID-19 Test Sites To Open In Albany County

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

Albany County’s first mobile COVID-19 testing sites will become operational Thursday.

County Executive Dan McCoy says all testing is by appointment only. Patients must be screened for symptoms over the phone by calling Whitney Young, Jr. Health Center at 518-465-4771.

Testing will be held Thursday at Capital South Campus Center (20 Warren Street) from Noon to 4. Friday at Whitney Young Health Center (920 Lark Drive) from 9:00 a.m. to 4. And Friday at Bleecker Terrace Apartments (North Manning Boulevard) from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

"The only way we're gonna get back and open up our economy again is making sure everyone gets tested," said McCoy. No sites will be open on the weekend. Tests are paid for by the county.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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