Lowville’s COVID-19 test site moves to Lewis County Health Systems main campus | Public Service News
Lowville’s COVID-19 test site moves to Lewis County Health Systems main campus |  Public Service News

Lowville’s COVID-19 test site moves to Lewis County Health Systems main campus | Public Service News

LOWVILLE – County Resources will pick up the cost of the COVID-19 test site, where the state escaped from next week with a new site.

Although drive-thru testing will no longer be available to all nationals as it has been for the past two months, Lewis County will again use part of a $ 1.1 million state grant to continue the service. The Lewis County Health System will continue to provide staff and will now host the test clinic on its main campus, 7785 N. State St., in the parking lot known as Lot 6 behind the helicopter landing zone.

Traffic signs will lead people arriving for testing to the county’s “command trailer.”

The clinic is run in collaboration with Amts Sundhed.

County residents and people working in the county are eligible for the free test, which will be offered from 6 p.m. 12:00 to 13:00 Monday to Friday. Appointments are not required.

Because the test is a county service, people seeking tests will be asked to provide proof of residency or work in the form of a driver’s license, a bill, a work plate or a pay slip, according to a press release from the health system.

Testing will be performed using polymerase chain reaction, PCR test, which takes between two and three days to process. No quick tests will be available.

Test results can be seen on BioReference Laboratories’ patient portal.

The state operated the site until Wednesday and took over from the county in late December for the second time, as the omicron variant of COVID-19 spread rapidly, with Lewis County recording consistently high transmission rates at the time along with the second-lowest vaccination rate in the state.

Health Systems CEO Gerald R. Cayer said during the hospital’s board meeting Wednesday night that the test site was changed because renting the former site, Maple Ridge Center in Lowville, no longer made sense based on the number of tests performed there.

People with COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to contact their physician for testing instructions. Emergency care should be sought for “severe or unpleasant” symptoms.

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