ONEONTA, N.Y. (WFXV-TV) — Last week, SUNY Oneonta only had 2 cases of COVID-19. Now, there are 289 confirmed positives, 54 students in quarantine on campus, and 125 students in isolation.
“This just tells you how quickly this just moves and grows tremendously.” – Barbara Jean Morris, President of SUNY Oneonta
As a result, the state opened three new rapid testing sites in Oneonta: St. James Church, Foothills Performing Arts Center and The Oneonta Armory. Bassett Healthcare Network has staff members working at two out of the three testing sites. New York State supplied the testing machine and equipment, and the county organized the space.
“The state’s response in Oneonta is just the right response. In order to control this outbreak, and it’s a fast moving outbreak, we need large scale rapid testing. The results of the tests really need to be available immediately so that that person who might be positive knows to isolate and they then know to inform their contacts who might also be positive.” – Dr. William Lecates, President, Bassett Medical Center
The testing sites are open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. To 6 p.m. But you must make an appointment first by calling 1-833-697-8764. All testing is free and results are delivered in 15 minutes.
“We hope for a very good turnout so that many people can be tested and we can control this outbreak in Oneonta very quickly.” – Dr. William Lecates, President, Bassett Medical Center