The city put the brakes on planned remote coronavirus testing sites Sunday and will instead divert resources to testing facilities at area hospitals.
“We are determining the best way to utilize limited resources while expanding the city’s overall capacity to those most in need under the guidance of state & health officials,” City Hall said in a statement.
“To continue our goal of diverting patients from our emergency departments, the city will redeploy the resources we receive from FEMA to several hospital-adjacent testing locations around the city in the coming days,” the statement said.
The announcement came just hours after a planned by-appointment-only testing site at Pier 88 in Manhattan failed to open to conserve desperately needed masks, gloves and other supplies..
The decision to shutter nine planned remote testing sites comes as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the five boroughs spiked to more than 9,600, with 63 deaths, officials said.
For frightened New Yorkers, the delay in available testing has only added to the frustration.
“I have been out of work for two weeks waiting to be tested,” Paula Mata, 24, a healthcare worker who was turned away after showing up at the pier without an appointment. “It’s impossible to get an appointment. I can’t explain my frustration.”
“I called two different hotlines,” she said “I went to many different sites but I couldn’t get an appointment. I heard they were doing testing today and showed up at 7 a.m., the police told us it was canceled.”
The Pier 88 site was slated to be one of several testing sites in the city, including four run by the health department and five scheduled to be run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“I worry for my family,” Melissa Polanco, 25, said outside Pier 88.
She said her symptoms began with a headache followed by a sore throat in recent days.
“I am staying home, but I’m afraid they will get infected as well,” she said. “The people who have symptoms, we want to know where we stand … “
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