New COVID testing machines arrive in St. Lawrence County

WWNY New COVID testing machines arrive in St. Lawrence County

POTSDAM, N.Y. (WWNY) - As promised, St. Lawrence Health System got three new COVID-19 testing machines this week.

The machines are either operating now or will be by Monday, in Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Massena Hospital and Gouverneur Hospital.

They’re part of a push by St. Lawrence Health System (SLHS) to expand its ability to perform high quality COVID testing, and get the results quickly.

“It enables people to be classified appropriately as either positive or not, and if they are not positive, after the waiting period, to bring them back to work - and that’s whether they’re a nurse in a hospital or a teacher in school,” said David Acker, St. Lawrence Health System CEO.

Right now, SLHS can test about 300 people a day at four community testing centers. That number will grow, and SLHS will soon expand testing hours “as demand requires,” Acker said.

The four testing centers are:

- Canton, 80 East Main St., open Monday - Friday, 7 AM - 3 PM

- Gouverneur, 77 West Barney Street, open Monday - Friday, 7 AM - 3 PM

- Massena, 1 Hospital Drive, open every day, 7 AM - 3 PM

- Potsdam, 145 Market Street, open every day, 7 AM - 3 PM

If you’re insured, St. Lawrence Health System will bill your insurance, but won’t charge you for any out-of-pocket expense; if you’re not insured, you won’t be charged.

“Testing is such a critical component of getting through this spike and on into 2021, that we don’t want to have any barriers for anyone who lives in this county to access testing,” Acker said.

Same or next day appointments are usually available, according to hospital officials, and appointments for testing can be made at 315-261-6240.

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