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New COVID-19 testing sites coming to Buffalo, Niagara Falls

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Posted at 7:51 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 08:04:05-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Rep. Brian Higgins (N.Y.-26) announced two new COVID-19 testing sites will be coming to Western New York.

The congressman said Rite Aid will locate testing the sites at Buffalo's 14215 zip code and one in Niagara Falls.

“Access to testing has been a problem and continues to remain a critical component of reducing community spread and informing the reopening of our economy. We appreciate Rite Aid’s response to our call to place testing sites in some of the region’s hardest hit areas.”

“Niagara Falls has been the center of the Covid-19 crisis in Niagara County, despite that fact our repeated pleas for increased diagnostic testing for the City have been to no avail,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino. “With the regions of New York State hoping to reopen soon, Niagara Falls remained without adequate testing. Congressman Higgins heard my request for help and did something about it. His effort in joining myself and our county legislators from Niagara Falls to advocate for testing has resulted in this increased opportunity to map the spread of the virus in the City. I know on behalf of all public officials representing Niagara Falls, we thank Congressman Higgins for his strong advocacy in this health crisis and we are grateful to the Rite-Aid Corporation for delivering testing to our center city.”

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