ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – The City of Rochester is partnering with Monroe County to provide free, rapid COVID-19 tests for those in the community who are asymptomatic. Testing is available at four Rochester locations and on Saturday the tests began at East High School on E Main Street.
Cars wrapped around the building at East High School Saturday as hundreds people from Rochester waited for one of the city’s first free COVID-19 rapid testing site.
Ronnie Zuchegno and his family found out more about COVID-19 after get a free rapid test at East High School. Zuchegno who is deaf told us about his experience, translated by his wife.
“I’m learning how to stop the spread, but the test was very easy the process was easy and I recommend register, it’s important to register, pre-registration,” said Ronnie Zuchegno, came in for testing.
Pre-registered was recommended, but walk-ups were also accommodated for those without cars.
Accessibility for all is the motivation behind in the location and time of the testing sites. Four are set up throughout the city, one per quadrant per day, making it easy for people like Kris Edelman to find a site.
“Ease of access is very important and I think the fact that they’re setting up rapid test like this inside of the city is fantastic and it needs to happen more. So happy to participate and I’m happy these resources are being made available to us,” said Kris Edelman, got tested on Saturday.
Not even two hours after the site at East High School opened, over 200 tests had been completed, more than expected but volunteers at the site say they had plans for overflow, and are encouraged by the number of people coming out for testing.
“The rapid test is a lot easier and my message would be most of the time we are fearful of what we don’t know and it’s better to know,” said Jackie Dozier, volunteer at site.
The sites were born through a partnership between the city of the county and is free for residents who are asymptomatic.
“Getting tested is essential to protecting our circles,” Mayor Warren said. “Someone could have COVID and not show any symptoms, but they can still spread the disease to those they come into contact with; their parents, grandparents, siblings, friends or other loved ones. I encourage everyone to utilize this free service and register to get tested. I have experienced first-hand the pain this disease can cause and I don`t want any other family to experience it.”
The test will be analyze immediately, and Residents will be notified within 20 minutes if test results come back positive. If the test is negative, residents will be notified within 72 hours.
City officials encourage registrations to make process faster and seamless
“We have plenty of tests to be able to provide the resources. This is not going to be a one time, one day thing. This is ongoing. SO, if there are people who did not get that opportunity to arrive today that’s okay, we will be back here at East next Saturday as well as at the 3 other sites,” said Dr. Archie, city of Rochester chief equity officer.
The city has also secured free shuttle buses services to and from site through the Regional transit Service, that will begin Tuesday.
Pre-registration is highly encouraged and those who are looking to get tested can register here or by calling 311. The City of Rochester said residents who are experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider or call the Monroe County COVID Hotline at (585) 753-5555
Those who do not preregister can be accommodated until testing capacities are full. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Testing sites, times and dates are as follows:
Residents are encouraged to arrive in personal vehicles for drive-up testing, however walk-ups will be accommodated. Testing sites, times and dates are as follows:
• East High School, 1801 E. Main St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19.
• Benjamin Franklin High School, 950 Norton St., 3 to 6 p.m., Mondays, December 7, 14, 21 and 28.
• Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, 501 Genesee St., 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, December 8, 15, 22 and 29.
• Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays, December 9, 16, 23 and 30.
Other sites for free COVID-19 rapid testing incude;
- Irondequoit Department of Public Works, 2629 East Ridge Road, 14622
- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. December 1 and 2 (preregistration is required)
- Temple B’rith Kodseh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue, 14618
- Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning December 8
- Gates Memorial Park, 106 Spencerport Road, 14606
- 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Wednesday, December 9 (preregistration is required)