New York expands coronavirus testing to pharmacies, Cuomo announces
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Testing for the coronavirus will dramatically expand across New York under an executive order Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that will allow independent pharmacies to collect samples to test for the bug.
The state aims to double its current capacity of 20,000 tests a day and expand testing eligibility beyond first responders and health care workers by allowing some 5,000 independent pharmacies to screen for the virus, the governor said at his daily Albany press briefing.
“We had a tight screen on the eligibility, because we had limited capacity,” Cuomo said noting the state is testing healthcare workers in-house at NYC Health + Hosptials’ Elmhurst and Bellevue campuses, SUNY Downstate and Montefiore hospitals.
[Source: Fox News]