Orleans will start drive-through rapid tests for Covid on Wednesdays next week

Posted 10 December 2020 at 11:40 am

Free testing for asymptomatic people expected to continue through January

Press Release, Orleans County Health Department

KNOWLESVILLE – Orleans County will be offering residents, who are asymptomatic (no symptoms, not feeling sick, etc.) free drive-through Covid-19 self-administered rapid testing at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds, 12690 Route 31. The entrance to the clinic is the west entrance on Taylor Hill Rd off Route 31.

The free testing will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16. As a reminder, for anyone who had a recent potential exposure to Covid-19, it is not recommended to be tested until at least 5 days have passed since the exposure.

To schedule a test, please register online by clicking here. Anyone needing additional help for online registration may contact the Orleans County Health Department at 585-589-3278.

“Our Genesee County clinics have had exceptional turnouts and will continue to be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at least through January,” stated Paul Pettit, Director for the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “We anticipate that the Orleans County clinics will continue on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. through January as well.”

To help the process please note the following guidelines:

  • Complete your test intake form (click here).
  • Print out your completed forms (each person in your vehicle should have their own form) and bring them with you to the clinic.
  • Make sure you have a pen in your vehicle.
  • Everyone in the vehicle is to have their mask on when they pull up at the testing site

Those who are testing could get a call fairly quickly from an unknown number…please answer the phone. Staff cannot leave messages and can only give results to the individuals tested or the guardian of minor children.

“We are working with our county partners to put these clinics on as the Health Department staff continue to do case investigations to lessen the impact of the virus,” stated Lynne Johnson, Orleans County Legislative Chair. “This helps us identify those who are potentially infected and preventing them from spreading the virus to others. This will also help lower our positivity rate. We look forward to providing this service to our residents.”