Symptomatic testing for Onondaga County school students, staff begins Monday

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Beginning Monday, anyone who works or is a student of an Onondaga County K-12 school and is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus can get tested.

Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Upstate mobile van will be at NBT Bank Stadium, testing symptomatic individuals. The test will be a saliva-swab test, with test results coming back on average 24-36 hours, giving Onondaga County contact tracers the advantage of time. Onondaga County says if insurance companies do not cover the cost of the test, the county will pick up the expense so it is free for families.

Anyone seeking a test will need to make an appointment with the Onondaga County Health Department by calling 315-464-2582, option 4. Children under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This program is specifically for students or staff experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. The effort is the county’s latest strategy to keep classrooms clear of the virus.

Additional testing strategies to contain the spread from those not experiencing symptoms are in the works. A plan is expected to be announced by the Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon this week.


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