Nassau now accepting walk-ins at COVID-19 testing sites
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to be tested for the coronavirus as the number of people actually taking tests is lagging behind the state's capacity.
Cuomo says the state can now test 40,000 people per day at its 700 COVID-19 testing locations.
"We actually now have more testing capacity than we are using at many of our sites, and we've expanded the number of people who are eligible," says Cuomo.
That expansion now includes anyone who has had contact with a person known to be positive for COVID-19, any essential worker who interacts with the public and any individual returning to work in phase one of the state's reopening.
In Hempstead Monday, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran also alerted residents that tests are available. The county's sites used to be appointment only, but Curran says they are now accepting walk-ins.
"People don't need to be symptomatic to come get tested, if they think they've been around somebody that's sick, that's good enough to get them tested," says Nassau Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. "The bottom line is, if not for you, it's for your loved ones, your friend, who you can transmit this virus to and they may get very sick or die."
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says the county's COVID-19 testing sites are not accepting walk-ins at this point, but it will be discussed in the coming days.