Freeport and Hempstead, Two of the hardest hit areas in terms of the coronavirus on Long Island, has created new testing sites.
Assemblywoman Taylor Darling, a Hempstead resident and representative of district 18, posted about the new set up in Hempstead on Instagram.
You have to call 516-396-7500 ahead of time to make an appointment and must have symptoms. It will take around three to five days before you receive your test results according to Darling.
The site in Hempstead is on 135 Main Street at the Hempstead Health Center by the Rosa Parks bus terminal. In Freeport, testing will be done on 101 South Bergen Place at South Ocean Care. The stations will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said you can still be tested regardless of immigration status or lack of insurance.
At this point, there are 1,528 cases in Hempstead and 1,091 in Freeport specifically. Curran said during a press conference that the number of people being admitted to Nassau’s 11 hospital has declined for the seventh day in a row.
“That signifies a total drop of 20% over the past seven days,” said Curran. “The number of people on ventilators hit an all-time low of 418, a week ago that number 505.”
Curran has also talked about safe ways to slowly reopen the county.
“Contact tracing will help us do it carefully,” said Curran. “We have a wonderfully trained team that does contact tracing investigations all the time. In normal times, it’s for things like hepatitis and E. coli now obviously we’re focusing on coronavirus.”
For more information on the new testing stations, you can check out the flyers in English, Spanish and Creole below.