Coronavirus testing center opens in Flatbush after weather forces officials to turn people away

A new coronavirus testing center in Flatbush opened for the first time Saturday a day after officials were forced to turn people away due to the weather.

News 12 Staff

Apr 11, 2020, 1:21 PM

Updated 1,507 days ago

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A new coronavirus testing center in Flatbush opened for the first time Saturday a day after officials were forced to turn people away due to the weather.
The drive-thru site is located in the Sears parking lot on Beverly Road. High winds on Friday caused the center to shut down for the day.
Officials saying the winds made testing unsafe for workers and those being tested.
People lined up at early Saturday as testing began at 8 a.m. They are asked to drive into the tent and open their windows, never leaving their car as a health care professional swabs them.
The site, along with four others that are opening across the city, were strategically placed in minority communities. Data shows that more people of color have died from COVID-19 than other races.
Other testing sites are set to open in South Bronx, Jamaica, Queens and Brownsville. The Flatbush site requires an appointment to be tested.
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