Starting Monday, residents and employees of Cortland County can get a free COVID-19 test through an agreement with Cayuga Health System.
Funding for the campaign was approved at the end of 2020 by county legislators.
No-cost screenings will take place at Gutchess Sports Complex in Cortlandville, one of several new sites opened by Cayuga Health less than two weeks ago.
“I want to thank Robert Corpora and Cortland County for teaming up with us,” said Cayuga Health president Dr. Martin Stallone. “We are committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and our entire region.”
Scheduling and hours of operation will be determined on a weekly basis.
Appointments must be made in advance at cayugahealth.org or by calling 607-319-5708.
The location performs both swab and saliva tests. Those who undergo the latter need to avoid food, drink and tobacco products for at least 30 minutes prior to their appointment.
“We are pleased to be able to partner with Cayuga Health to offer this no cost testing event to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our county,” said Robert Corpora, Cortland County Administrator. “The CDC recommends testing to diagnose acute infection of both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, to guide contact tracing, treatment options, and isolation requirements.”
Statistical data and official numbers as they are released can be seen here.
Testing remains critical as members of the community wait their turn for a vaccine.
More details are expected soon on a large-scale clinic opening next week at SUNY Cortland’s Park Center. That will be staffed by university health officials and staff from Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.
Cayuga Health opened a 40,000-square foot vaccine clinic of its own, next to the original mass sampling site in the former Sears department store at Ithaca Mall.
So far, more than 5,000 doses have been administered, coming out to as much as 800 per day.
Dr. Stallone said the clinic is capable of reaching 2,000 doses per day.
Tune into Meet Cortland County tomorrow at 9 am for more discussion on free testing.