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Getting tested for COVID-19

Posted at 6:27 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 18:37:01-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Over the past couple weeks, COVID-19 testing has been more readily available.

Anyone can now get tested as long as they have a script from their doctor. You no longer have to have any symptoms to get a test. You can now get tested if you believe you have been in contact with someone who was symptomatic.

You can find a testing site here.

If you do not have a primary care care doctor, you can call the Erie County Health Department to get referred for a test. The number is 716-858-2929.

Once you find a testing, site you will go there. Many are drive through sites, so you do not need to get out of your car.

Thursday, 7 Eyewitness News reporter Hannah Buehler went to get tested to show the process.

When you arrive at the testing site for your appointment, you are greeted by a healthcare professional in full PPE.

From there, a long swab is inserted deep into each nasal cavity. The process is quick, however uncomfortable. Hannah experienced the feeling many do when they get water in their nose. It also makes many cough, so a mask is required.

The test results will come back within 1-3 business days.

People who are going back to work may be required by their employer to get the less intrusive antibody-blood test to see if they’ve had COVID-19. That’s a blood test and in some cases a finger prick.

Healthcare professionals say the COVID-19 nasal swab test only picks up if a person is positive for the disease.