2 new Long Island coronavirus testing drive-throughs open on Long Island

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To make a testing appointment you must call the state's coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

Two new drive-through testing facilities opened on Long Island Wednesday, one in Nassau and one in Suffolk.

The latest state testing site opened at the southwest corner of Stony Brook University. A private testing site also opened in Jericho Wednesday morning.

 

 

This opening follows the first drive-through site opened at Jones Beach Tuesday morning.

Officials say residents should not expect to just show up at these testing sites -- you must first call the state hotline and get an appointment.

Health officials say once someone is given an appointment time and they arrive, they will be guided to one of six stations where they'll answer some questions and be tested.

The Jericho testing site is being offered for ProHEALTH Urgent Care patients, and testing is done in the parking lot. 

Bonnie Simmons, a ProHEALTH Urgent Care Chairperson, says testing takes 10-15 minutes and is done right in patients' cars.

 
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Right now, CDC criteria for being tested remains tight, but officials say they don't expect it to stay that way.

"There is a likelihood, I believe that the testing guidelines will be expanded," says Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

To make an appointment you must call the state's coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065. The sites at Jones Beach and Stony Brook will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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