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N.Y. surpasses 16 million COVID tests; Capital Region sets single-day record of 11,538

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ALBANY — New York on Tuesday surpassed 16 million COVID-19 diagnostic tests administered since COVID-19 was first detected in the state.

The 164,300 samples collected Tuesday was not quite a single-day record but it was a stark contrast to the early days of the pandemic. On March 13, a day when just 1,293 people were tested statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo triumphantly announced the state had obtained a waiver on federal regulations and would soon be able to perform 6,000 tests a day.

Even so, the testing program was hampered as test kits were in short supply and laboratory capacity was limited. Testing was reserved for those who showed symptoms or were at greatest risk of becoming sick.

That shortage has long since passed, after the state ramped up the infrastructure to perform the tests and manufacturers boosted production of supplies.

Tests are now free at state-run sites and usually covered by insurance at other sites.

Mass testing is an important part of the public health strategy to control the pandemic, as it identifies who’s infected and where the clusters of infections are. It allows each county’s corps of contact tracers to find people who’ve been in contact with infected persons, and who may themselves be spreading the virus without knowing it. And it allows the state to strategize with a view of the larger picture.

It’s not hard at all to get a test these days — 58,213 people were tested in the eight-county Capital Region in the last seven days, 11,538 on Tuesday alone, almost 1,700 more than the previous single-day total here.

An internet search for “COVID testing near me” will provide a list of test sites with specific details, as will the New York State Department of Health’s website (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you).

Here are some of the Capital Region locations where diagnostic testing is available to the general public:

ALBANY COUNTY — Through Tuesday, 209,741 diagnostic tests have been administered in Albany County yielding 4,252 positives, a rate of 2.0%.

  • Albany Med EmUrgentCare clinics at 329 Glenmont Road in Glenmont, 5 New Karner Road in Guilderland, 1019 New Loudon Road in Latham and 98 Wolf Road in Colonie.
  • Central Ave Pharmacy at 65 Central Ave. in Albany.
  • CVS pharmacies (drive-thru) at 3916 Carman Road in Guilderland, 16 New Scotland Ave. in Albany, and 885 Central Ave. in Albany; appointment required.
  • Priority 1 Urgent Care, 2080 Western Ave. in Guilderland.
  • Rite Aid at 1863 Central Ave. in Colonie (drive-thru); appointment required.
  • University at Albany State Gold Parking Lot (drive-thru); appointment required.
  • Wellnow Urgent Care at 1438 Western Ave. in Albany.
  • Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center, 920 Lark Drive, Albany; appointment required.

FULTON COUNTY — Through Tuesday, 35,525 diagnostic tests have been administered in Fulton County yielding 378 positives, a rate of 1.2%.

  • CVS pharmacy at 1013 Route 29A in Gloversville (drive-thru); appointment required.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Through Tuesday, 36,206 diagnostic tests have been administered in Montgomery County yielding 300 positives, a rate of 0.8%.

  • St. Mary’s Respiratory Clinic at 4988 Route 30 in Amsterdam; appointment and physician’s order required.

SARATOGA COUNTY — Through Tuesday, 157,580 diagnostic tests have been administered in Saratoga County yielding 1,583 positives, a rate of 1.0%.

  • CVS pharmacies (drive thru) at 2535 Route 9 in Malta and 653 Route 9 in Wilton; appointment required.
  • Malta Med Emergent Care at 6 Medical Park Drive in Malta.
  • Saratoga Hospital at 211 Church St. in Saratoga Springs (drive-thru); appointment and physician order required.
  • Wellnow Urgent Care at 1694 Route 9 in Clifton Park.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY — Through Tuesday, 127,612 diagnostic tests have been administered in Schenectady County yielding 1,777 positives, a rate of 1.4%.

  • Albany Med EmUrgentCare clinics at 1400 Altamont Ave. in Rotterdam, 1767 Union St. in Niskayuna and 115 Saratoga Road in Glenville.
  • CVS pharmacies (drive-thru) at 1628 Chrisler Ave. and 2037 State St. in Schenectady, 1334 Balltown Road in Niskayuna and 257 Saratoga Road in Glenville; appointment required.
  • WellNow Urgent Care at 445 Balltown Road in Niskayuna.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY — Through Tuesday, 18,398 diagnostic tests have been administered in Schoharie County yielding 133 positives, a rate of 0.7%.

  • CVS pharmacy at 726 E. Main St. in Cobleskill (drive-thru); appointment required.
  • Cobleskill Health Center Primary Care at 136 Parkway Drive in Cobleskill; appointment required, limited to those with symptoms or exposure.
  • Cobleskill Regional Hospital at 178 Grandview Drive in Cobleskill; appointment required, limited to those with symptoms or exposure.

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