Chemung County providing free covid-19 testing throughout December

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CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) — The Chemung County Public Health Department will be offering free rapid COVID-19 testing for Chemung County residents throughout the month of December. The county will be having 2-3 testing days each week starting December 1.

The Chemung County Health Department will be offering free rapid COVID-19 testing December 1-3 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the New Beginnings United Methodist Church. 

To be tested, you MUST pre-register, wear a mask, and have photo ID.  This is not drive-thru testing; you must leave your car and may need to stand for a long period of time.  To register, click the “Free COVID Testing” link on the Chemung County webpage, https://www.chemungcountyny.gov/covid_testing/index.php.  Once you submit your registration, your time is booked and no further actions are needed.  If you want confirmation you must enter an email when you register.  You do not need to print or bring this to the testing site.  Members attending from the same household will need to register separately.  This testing is free and does not require a doctor’s order. 

Once testing is completed, Health Department staff will discuss the next steps, depending on the test results.  Those that are positive will need to quarantine and go straight home.

New Beginnings United Methodist is located at 300 E. Miller St. in Elmira. Participants will be directed to parking spots upon arrival to the lot and must remain in their cars with windows up until instructed to enter the building.  In an effort to run this clinic as efficiently as possible, please report only at your scheduled appointment time.

Anyone with questions regarding scheduling is encouraged to call 607-737-2018 while individuals with COVID questions should call the Chemung County COVID hotline, 607-873-1813. 

Testing for COVID-19 leads to quick identification of cases and immediate isolation of the person to prevent further spread in our community. Confirmed cases and close contacts to positive cases are quarantined to further reduce spread.  Testing is a vital tool for public health to monitor the COVID-19 infection rate as well as to reduce the impact of our current cluster.   The testing at this site is free, it does not require a doctor’s order, and results will be available on site.  It is possible to have COVID-19 with minimal or even no symptoms at all, that is why it is important that people receive testing.

Anyone who cannot make it to this test site is encouraged to visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you to find another testing location.

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