Schenectady County cancels COVID-19 testing site due to new clusters

WNYT Staff
Updated: November 12, 2020 06:30 PM
Created: November 12, 2020 08:46 AM

A coronavirus testing site in Schenectady is shutdown Thursday because the people who run it may have been exposed to an infected person in their office.

Health officials say the SUNY Schenectady testing site would not be happening Thursday, after a Public Health Services employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

"Unfortunately, we have a finite amount of resources and staffing in the county, so we had to make the decision to cancel testing for a week," Schenectady County Interim Public Health Director Keith Brown said. "We have a bunch of staff working remote, so we need to continue our investigation and contact tracing activities, which obviously with the rise in cases, is incredibly important right now."

For people looking to be tested this week, Brown says some area pharmacies are offering testing. Your primary care doctor should be able to direct you towards testing. UAlbany is also proving drive-thru testing.

Brown says the county is starting to see more cases.

"We've seen double digits for the last week. We actually hit our high since the pandemic began, which is incredibly troubling for us," Brown said.

He added that many of the cases are tied to gatherings, and they are concerned as the holidays approach.

"Unfortunately, the types of precautions that kept everyone safe this summer are actually not going to cut it right now heading into the holiday season and into the winter," he added.

To hear more about the spike in cases, click on Emily De Vito's report.

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