ITHACA, N.Y. — Cayuga Health on Thursday announced plans to open two more COVID-19 sampling/testing locations in Ithaca and Cortlandville on Monday.
The additional sites are to “help support increased demand in the area,” per the news release.
The new Ithaca sampling site is located at Cayuga Medical Center near the back entrance. This site will be open from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Monday through Friday.
Besides Cayuga Medical Center, Cayuga Health also includes Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls.
The Cayuga Health Cortland sampling site is located in Gutchess Park in Cortlandville and will also be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Both sites will be performing saliva testing. Swab testing is also available for those that would prefer it. If an individual is registered for a saliva test, Cayuga Health advises that they cannot have any tobacco products or anything to eat or drink 30 minutes prior to their appointment.
“We will continue to expand our sampling and testing capabilities to meet the needs of our communities and the surrounding area,” Martin Stallone, president & CEO of Cayuga Health, said. “Increased testing slows the spread of COVID-19 and it is our commitment to do everything that we can for our communities during this time.”
Individuals seeking a test at any of the Cayuga Health sampling/testing sites will need to pre-register for an appointment. On-line registration for all of the Cayuga Health testing sites is available at www.cayugahealth.org., The sites include Cayuga Medical Center; Schuyler Hospital; 412 North Tioga Street in Ithaca; Shops at Ithaca Mall parking lot; and Gutchess Park in Cortlandville.
For patients who may not have access to the internet, need assistance registering, or have questions, please call 607-319-5708.
Earlier this month, Cayuga Health also started to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in the community to health-care workers and those with essential jobs. The inoculations effort is done at the direction of the New York State Department of Health and in collaboration with the Tompkins County Health Department, Cayuga Health noted.
Its vaccine rollout will continue to expand to others in the community in the weeks and months ahead, the organization added.