COVID-19 rapid testing sites now open in WNY in response to increased infection rate

Posted at 11:38 AM, Aug 29, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday a New York State Department of Health "SWAT" team would be heading to the Western New York region due to the increased rate of positive COVID-19 cases in the region.

The NYSDOH sent a "SWAT" team to the region to open eight additional free rapid testing sites in partnership with Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center and Catholic Health.

"Sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday through Wednesday. All residents are eligible for tests and appointments can be made by calling 833-697-8764. New York State will deploy 50 rapid testing machines to support the effort and will deploy more as needed. All tests are free of charge and the results will support the contact tracing efforts being conducted to monitor and control the virus spread," a release from the governor's office states.

The following are the locations of the eight testing sites:

  • Buffalo
    1. Deleavan-Grider Community Center 877 E. Delavan Ave. Buffalo, NY 14215
    2. Northwest Buffalo Community Center 155 Lawn Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207
  • Niagara Falls
    1. John A. Duke Senior Center 1201 Hyde Park Blvd. Niagara Falls, NY 14301
  • Lockport
    1. YWCA of the Niagara Frontier 32 Cottage St. Lockport, NY 14094
  • Williamsville
    1. SUNY ECC North 6205 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221
  • West Seneca
    1. Union Fire Department 1845 Union Road West Seneca, NY 14224
  • Dunkirk
    1. Dunkirk Fire Murphy Training Grounds 665 Brigham Road Dunkirk, NY 14048

The eight additional testing sites will use the Abbott testing machines which the governor says provides same-day results.