SARATOGA COUNTY — A free, large-scale COVID-19 testing site has opened in the Malta Commons Business Park in Malta.
As of Friday, the county had registered 1,158 positive COVID-19 cases in the previous seven days, with a seven-day rolling average of 8.7%, and a CDC community transmission level of “high.”
The new testing site, which opened at noon Monday, is for adults and children of Saratoga County who are exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19.
During a press conference Monday morning, county officials cited a desire to be continually proactive against the coronavirus, particularly as families and friends are gathering more now due to the holiday season.
“The opening of this testing site is another example of how Saratoga County has made fighting the COVID pandemic our No. 1 priority,” said Theodore Kusnierz Jr., chairman of the county board of supervisors, who kicked off the initiative by subjecting himself to the first test, just before the site opened to the public at 100 Saratoga Village Blvd.
The public-private partnership is with Syracuse-based Quadrant Biosciences, which will have up to five employees at the testing site to help with checking in, registering profiles and manning at least three test stations.
Kusnierz said the county chose Quadrant Biosciences because its noninvasive saliva test is rated one of the best at detecting COVID-19 by the FDA, and based on the company’s successful track record of partnering with other counties in New York.
Kusnierz said the hope is to help take the load off of healthcare facilities during the pandemic.
Otherwise, Kusnierz said, county officials are happy with the county’s vaccination rates. He noted that as of Monday, 61.5% of senior citizens in the county had received a booster shot for coronavirus vaccinations, which is 25% above the state average, and 15% above national numbers.
Quadrant Biosciences can administer up to 1,000 tests per week at the site.
Testing is available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Officials will evaluate whether to expand the operation, based on need.
Kusnierz said officials chose the Malta Commons because it’s centrally located, has ample parking, and most importantly for its easy access off the Northway, off Exit 12.
Dr. Daniel Kuhles, commissioner of Saratoga County Public Health Services, said, “Testing is an important tool that can help reduce transmission in our community. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, regardless of their vaccination status or prior infection.”
Register at quadrantbiosciences.com/covidtesting.
Testing will be done using the Clarifi COVID-19 saliva test and results are available 24 to 48 hours after testing. Those using the Malta testing site will have to create an account at app.clarifi-covid-19.com
Jillian Hyland, a lab services specialist for Quadrant Biosciences, said the company was happy to partner with Saratoga County and provide the community with the testing it needs.
Hyland said individuals should not eat or drink or use tobacco or smokeless tobacco products 30 minutes prior to testing, nor should they have brushed their teeth or used mouthwash within one hour of testing.
Those who create a profile or make an appointment before entering the site can be in and out within five minutes, with results emailed within 24 hours, she said.
But the company will have computers available at the testing site to help anyone who has trouble registering, she said.
Kusnierz said the site will be open for at least four months. The operation doesn’t anticipate turning away non-residents of the county, the chairman said.
Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.