Long Island’s first drive-through coronavirus test site opened earlier this week at Jones Beach State Park.
The sites allow qualified professionals to swab people who suspect they have the virus without overwhelming hospitals and doctor’s offices. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo there are plans to launch more sites in New York including Suffolk County.
For information on how to make an appointment call the New York State Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Testing in Suffolk County
The county is currently working with New York State to create a mobile testing site to launch shortly, at a to be announced site.
At this point, Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone said, it’s unclear how far the virus is spread in local communities simply due to the lack of broad testing.
“The numbers are going to continue to rise,” he added explaining that testing is going to be ramped up. “Testing is one of our most powerful tools.”