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New program provides COVID tests to those who may not be able to get one

Lynette Adams
Updated: September 12, 2020 07:31 PM
Created: September 12, 2020 07:30 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There's a new push to spot coronavirus that is aimed at one factor: whether people can get to testing sites.

On Saturday,  COVID-19 tests started in Rochester's Northwest side. Jordan Health says it's an area where there has been little evaluation and testing.

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Thanks to a number of community partners and a United Way Crisis Fund grant obtained by Dr. Mahala Schlagman of the University of Rochester Medical Center, Jordan Health has turned its Brown Square Center facility on 322 Lake Avenue into a COVID-19 testing site that will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday. More specifically, it will be open Sept. 19 and 26 as well as Oct. 3.

URMC has agreed to offset the cost of tests for uninsured patients.

It's a blessing for people like Addie Sturgis of Rochester. She had a sore throat. So she stopped by Saturday and got tested. 

"I have a 12-year-old granddaughter that I love and I want to be around to see her," she said.

Linda Clark is a Senior Health Advisor with Common Ground Health.

"A lot of us have been doing this for a while, out in the community making sure that black and brown people are getting educated about COVID and how to prevent COVID. We realized early on that it needed to be married to testing," said Clark.

You don't have to be a patient of Jordan Health to get the tests, and the entire process takes about 30 minutes.

"A lot of the testing depended on people having transportation which for most of the people we serve in the city it created a significant barriers," said Jordan's Dr. Laurie Donahue, M.D.  "A lot of our clients are dependent on bus transportation, walk-up transportation...we want to be sure that folks have access right in the neighborhood to the services that they need."


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