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Erie County Department of Health expands COVID-19 testing categories

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 11:46:53-04

The Erie County Department of Health is expanding testing categories for people with COVID-19 symptoms who can be tested through the Erie County Public Health Lab.

A COVID-19 test will now be available to people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and who are currently working in industries deemed “essential” by New York State and the Empire Development Corporation.

Those include but are not limited to:

  • utilities
  • grocery stores
  • pharmacies
  • transportation
  • restaurants
  • food processing
  • building cleaning and maintenance
  • child care services
  • auto repair
  • convenience stores
  • gas stations and hardware stores

COVID-19 symptoms may include fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cough or shortness of breath.

ECDOH said the testing request does not need to come from a health care provider. However, they are urging anyone who has a fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms to contact their physician for medical advice and information on how to manage their symptoms.

For those hose who do not have a primary care provider, ECDOH said can provide referrals to provider offices that are accepting new patients.

Call (716) 858-2929 and select option 2 to start the testing process.