New York State is opening 11 rapid coronovirus testing sites in the Big Apple, a way to reopen the economy.
“I believe that the test is accelerating the reopening and we are moving up that path,” Cuomo said during a virtual Albany press briefing. “If a person has been tested and is negative you can reopen.”
The test, Cuomo explained, is “critical to accelerating the reopening of the economy.”
Cuomo said that “as we speak” the state was opening 11 of those rapid test sites in the city.
Eight of those sites are located in Manhattan, while three other sites are located at CVS pharmacies in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
Cuomo said the FDA-approved COVID-19 antigen test at those sites would not exceed $ 30 in 30 minutes or less.
“It gives you peace of mind,” Cuomo said of the tests. “And we can use it as a way to reopen.”
The Governor clarified, “More of these will have to be reopened [rapid testing sites], But I think it’s going to be a big advantage for New York State. “
“The test is also an opportunity for colleges to reopen,” said Cuomo.
He announced that colleges and universities across the state would not be required to test at least 25 percent of the total on-campus students, faculty and staff weekly, until their coronovirus positivity was a 14- Not to exceed 5 percent during the day period. .
According to Cuomo, colleges that are not testing at least 25 percent of their population weekly, will have to test 100 individuals positive over a 14-day period.
Meanwhile, the combined FEMA-state COVID-19 mass vaccination sites at Brooklyn’s Medgar Everts College and York College in Queens are slated to open on Wednesday.
Cuomo said that local people can start making appointments on those mega sites on Saturday.
The governor said that Jabbar would be appointed for residents of communities with low vaccination rates for the first week.
After a week, appointments at those sites will be opened to all residents of those burrows.