New testing sites open, more than 40,000 test positive for COVID-19

As the Omicron variant continues to drive cases up, Gov. Kathy Hochul says the best way to stop the spread is to get tested and get vaccinated.

News 12 Staff

Dec 29, 2021, 3:44 AM

Updated 844 days ago

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More than 40,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and more than half of them were from New York City. 
Now, as the cases rise, the state is opening more testing sites. As of Wednesday, New Yorkers can get tested at Concourse Village East. 
The site is booked solid through Saturday, so New Yorkers must make an appointment. The new state-run site in the Bronx is where there are reports of some of the highest rates in the city. 
The state reported a seven-day percent positivity rate in Concourse Village of 26%. By contrast, the entire city has a 13% positivity rate. 
The state will also be opening four other COVID-19 testing sites on Thursday throughout the city, in addition to this testing site. 
Another cause for concern is that hospitalization is also on the rise. The state says that nearly 1,200 people were taken to the hospital for COVID-19 complications on Monday. 
As the Omicron variant continues to drive cases up, Gov. Kathy Hochul says the best way to stop the spread is to get tested and get vaccinated.
“I'm very pleased that we were able to, literally just a couple of days ago - send over 600,000 rapid tests to your Department of Health last week. We now have five state-run testing sites that will launch tomorrow to help amplify your efforts already,” said Hochul. 
The next available day to book an appointment in Concourse Village is next Monday, Jan. 3. 
The site is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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