More Covid rapid testing opportunities available in Orleans County

Posted 1 January 2021 at 11:03 am

Press Release, Orleans County Health Department

The Orleans County Health Department and Orleans Community Health are working together to provide more rapid testing opportunities for residents.

“We have received the rapid testing Binax cards and Abbott machines and test kits through the New York State Department of Health,” stated Marc Shurtz, CEO/CIO of Orleans Community Health. “We have established a drive-through testing site at our Walk-in Care Clinic and are scheduling tests that best fits the needs of the resident.”

For patients that are exposed, have symptoms, need clearance for pre-operation, travel or nursing home visitation, we are here to assist you in getting the correct test you need. Please remember for exposure you should wait at least 3-5 days post exposure as it may be too soon to test. If you would like to speak to a provider regarding your symptoms and treatment you may schedule an audio tele-med visit for assessment and the need for testing.

“This is another opportunity for county residents to be tested as needed, and the rapid tests from NYSDOH are free,” stated Paul Pettit, Public Health Director, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “Because the rapid testing supplies are provided by the State Department of Health there are no costs to those needing tests.”

“Services are limited due to staffing and testing protocol,”,” stated Nicole Helsdon, Office Manager for the Albion Walk-in Care Clinic. “We can only process a certain amount of tests per day. We ask that people be patient and call for an appointment at our office (585-589-2273) and follow the prompts. Our staff will return your call as soon as they are able to schedule your test.”

Residents are still encouraged to limit time with non-household members, wash hands frequently with soap and water / hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, wear masks/face-coverings when out in public and keeping at least 6’ away from others in public. Limiting time in public helps to lower the spread, especially if you aren’t having friends and family to your home.

The most important thing to remember, that if you are sick with anything, please stay home. Contact your primary care provider for instructions.