There are a number of places to get tested for COVID-19 in the Capital District.
An appointment is needed at all the sites, and the general public must be showing signs of the virus to get tested which include a fever, a cough, shortness of breath, a new loss of smell or taste, unusual headaches and nausea.
The state-run testing site at UAlbany is now testing asymptomatic essential workers that include, but are not limited to healthcare workers, first responders, nursing home and long term care facility workers, correction, probation and parole officers, occupational, physical or speech therapists, and workers who interact directly with the public. The full list is on the Albany County website. The number to call and make an appointment at UAlbany is 1-888-364-3065 or you can click here covid19screening.health.ny.gov.
The county also has established a site at the Whitney Young Jr. Health Center at 920 Lark Drive in Albany. That is open on Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. To make an appointment call 518-465-4771.
There are sites travelling to different locations across the Capital District. To make an appointment call 518-465-4771. The locations this week are:
•Tuesday, May 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in front of the Rensselaer County Administration Building at 1600 Seventh Ave. in Troy.
•Wednesday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Coeymans Town Hall at 18 Russell Ave. in Ravena.
•Wednesday, May 13 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Capital South Campus at 20 Warren St. in Albany.
•Thursday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Watervliet Health Center at 1804 Second Ave.
•Thursday, May 14 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in front of the Rensselaer City Hall at 62 Washington St.
•Friday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to noon in front of Rensselaer City Hall.
•Friday, May 15 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Whitney Young Health Center at 849 Second Ave. in Troy.
The Rite Aid at the intersection of Rte. 155 and Central Avenue also has a drive-thru testing site. Anyone who wants to make an appointment must visit riteaid.com. Testing is free to those more than 18 years old and who are symptomatic and who meet Center for Disease Control guidelines.
Community Care Physicians has a diagnostic and antibody testing site for patients at its facility in Latham on Wade Road Extension.
Also, Priority 1 Urgent Care has a diagnostic and antibody site at its location in Hamilton Square at 2080 Western Ave. in Guilderland. It is only for patients who have bene screened. To make an appointment call 518-867-8040.
For more information visit albanycounty.com.