COVID-19 drive-thru testing site starts today
GLOVERSVILLE — A COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will open today in the parking lot of the Walmart store located at 329 S. Kingsboro Ave. Ext. supported by Walmart, Quest Diagnostics and state and local officials.
According to a news release, the site will test adults aged 18 and older who meets CDC, state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high risk groups without symptoms. Please note, testing is not available inside Walmart stores.
“Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Gloversville during this unprecedented time,” said Jason Klipa, Walmart public affairs director for New York, in a prepared statement. “We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to Quest Diagnostics and local officials as we work together to open the site and help our community.”
The site will be open weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., weather permitting. The site will be staffed by Walmart pharmacists and associates.
The site will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, but will be open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. before resuming its regular schedule on Wednesday.
Testing will be conducted by appointment only scheduled through Quest’s MyQuestTM online portal and app, at MyQuestCOVIDTest.com, which will screen and schedule appointments for those individuals that meet medical eligibility for the testing sites.
Once on site, those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.
The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose on-site while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly before dropping the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site.
Quest Diagnostics will handle processing test samples and communicating results to those tested and applicable departments of health.
Any questions regarding testing and appointments can be directed to Quest’s dedicated COVID-19 line by phone at 866-448-7719, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
While individuals who are tested are awaiting results, please follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in your home and community.