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Free COVID-19 testing available for all New Yorkers at state-run sites

WHECTV
Updated: July 03, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: July 03, 2020 11:49 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday all New Yorkers could get tested for COVID-19, even if they aren't showing symptoms of the virus, for free at any state-run testing facility.

The governor said the state has the resources to test all New Yorkers at over 750 testing sites. Initially, testing was only available for frontline workers or people who were showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

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"Go get a test," Cuomo said Wednesday. "It doesn't cost you anything. It doesn't hurt."

However, testing is only free if you go to a site run by the New York State Department of Health. The only state-run testing site in the Rochester area is Monroe Community College in Brighton. 

If you go to any other site that is not state-run, check with the testing site and your insurance provider before being tested to confirm you will not be responsible for any fees associated with your test.

Clinical testing sites like urgent care and hospitals are still not testing everyone. A spokesperson for Rochester Regional Health says a person must meet certain criteria to be tested at one of the healthcare system's sites. 

Click here to find a COVID-19 testing site near you.


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