Assemblyman John McDonald reacts to new pharmacy testing executive order

Jill Konopka
Updated: April 25, 2020 06:58 PM
Created: April 25, 2020 06:24 PM

COHOES -- Assem. John McDonald also happens to be the president of Marra's Pharmacy and a practicing pharmacist.

"This is actually an exciting opportunity for pharmacy but more importantly a critical opportunity for the public," said Assem. McDonald.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new executive order allowing diagnostic coronavirus testing in New York pharmacies Saturday.

As the state increases its capacity to test, Gov. Cuomo said the eligablity for those to be tested also increases.

"We're going to want to work with the DOH to make sure we're firmly aligned with what testing, right now it's diagnostic, more importantly there's a proliferation of companies saying they make diagnostic tests," said Assem. McDonald.

However, it's likely going to be a couple weeks before test begin, and there is a concern about gathering potentially infected people in a small space.

"We could actually do a drive type format we have a back entrance we could actually do it, pharmacies would like to do it in an orderly process," said Assem. McDonald. "We will work on a process to schedule appointments where people can drive up and nasal swab test we could actually give a swab to do it themselves. We would then take it identify it send it off to be tested and they would get the results."

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