Saturday, 04 April 2020 12:27

Saturday Update: COVID-19 Drive-Through Mobile Testing Facility to Open at SUNY Albany Campus on Monday; Nearly 2,000 Tested in Saratoga County with 141 Positives

Gov. Andrew Cuomo press briefing Saturday, April 4, 2020. Gov. Andrew Cuomo press briefing Saturday, April 4, 2020.

ALBANY – The State will open a critical new COVID-19 mobile testing site for the Capital District region on Monday.  The mobile testing center will be located in a parking lot at the State University of New York at Albany campus - 1400 Washington Ave., Colonial Quad parking lot, accessible from the main UAlbany entry, off Washington Avenue. The campus is located just south of The Northway.

The site will prioritize tests for individuals that are among the highest risk population.  Residents who would like to be tested must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. There will be no walk-ins allowed and all patients must be in a vehicle.  The center is slated to be operational on Monday, April 6, at 10 am. Site hours will be Monday - Sunday, 8 am - 6 pm. in partnership with Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Health Partners and The University at Albany.

The state has opened seven mobile facilities to date.

New York is currently testing more than 16,000 people per day, more than any other state and more than China and South Korea on a per capital basis.

During his Saturday presser, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed 10,482 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 102,863 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 102,863 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the regional geographic breakdown is as follows: Saratoga County 141, with 9 new positives; Albany County: 267, with 14 new. Rensselaer: 56, 3 new; Schenectady: 110, 9 new; Warren County: 19, 1 new, and Washington County: 15, with 3 new.

In Saratoga County specifically, 1,899 persons were tested – 57 persons thus far tested today - and of those 1,899 persons, 141 tested positive – a rate of 7.4%.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will issue an Executive Order allowing the state to redistribute ventilators and personal protective equipment, or PPE, from institutions that don't currently need them and redeploy the equipment to other hospitals with the highest need. The National Guard will be used to transport the ventilators and PPE across the state. The equipment will be returned to the hospital or the hospital will be reimbursed for the equipment in the future.

Cuomo also announced the launch of www.ny.gov/covid-19tracker, which will provide New York State's comprehensive coronavirus testing data to the public. The website, which will be updated daily with the latest data, presents visualizations of statewide and county-level testing and results. The public can also access the testing data through Open NY at data.ny.gov, New York State's open data portal, which offers machine readable datasets in downloadable standard formats that can be sorted, searched, analyzed and applied to new uses.

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