The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has expanded its coronavirus testing capacity, with extended evening hours, weekend appointments and additional sites, including in the City of Buffalo. The COVID-19 information line hours on weekdays will also expand to 7 p.m.
Appointments are still required for free ECDOH COVID-19 testing; call 716-858-2929. Any Erie County resident with COVID-19 symptoms will be eligible for the rapid ID Now COVID-19 test, with results in about 15 minutes. Any Erie County resident who does not have COVID-19 symptoms will be eligible to get a PCR COVID-19 test, with results provided in one to three business days. A COVID-19 test is recommended if an individual has COVID-19 symptoms, and if they have had an exposure. A COVID-19 test is recommended five to seven days after the last contact with a positive case, regardless of vaccination status.
“Demand for COVID-19 testing is extremely high, and driven by the number of new cases and close contacts, and by people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms,” Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said. “Our department is responding to this need by expanding our testing operations in the new year, and also with the recent distribution of nearly 80,000 at-home COVID-19 antigen tests to the general public.”
She continued, “If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and away from other people. Mask use continues to be a protective measure against infection, and the best mask for you is one that you wear properly – tight to your face with no gaps between your face and the mask edge – and consistently.”
The New York State Department of Health has opened additional COVID-19 test sites center at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center on Lawn Avenue, the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College. See www.erie.gov/covidtest for details.