City moves Covid test site as county numbers rise



Starting Monday, December 20, the East Hampton Town Covid-19 test site will move to the East Hampton Center for Humanity, the former Hamptons’ child development center, at 110 Stephen Hand’s Path.

Previously located on the far corner of the City Hall property, the city’s drive-thru test site recently had a queue of drivers waiting for tests that often meandered almost all the way to Pantigo Road.

The test hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are not necessary, but prior online registration at bit.ly/32kNa9g can be useful for those looking for tests.

According to a city press release, PCR (saliva and nasal cavity) tests administered at the Center for Humanity are free, but rapid tests cost $ 109, or $ 59 for employees in East Hampton Town or Village. Rapid tests are of limited availability due to high demand. The city also said wait times for PCR test results will take longer than expected, again due to high demand.

“During this holiday period, and period of a significant peak in Covid cases, PCR test results can take at least 36 hours or more to be reported from the lab,” the city said in its announcement last week.

A list of additional nearby testing sites can be found online at bit.ly/3Edwxtq.

News of the new testing site came as the percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Suffolk County reached a seven-day average of 9.6% – and 10.5% on Saturday alone. Of the 18,574 test results reported in Suffolk on Saturday, 1,950 were positive.

Forty-four people were admitted to county hospitals that day, including four other intensive care patients, bringing the total number of intensive care patients with Covid to 58. The total number of hospitalizations has declined at 312, a difference of less than 16 patients compared to the day before. Four people died from Covid-19 or related conditions in Suffolk on Saturday, bringing the county’s death toll to 3,744 since the pandemic began in March 2020.


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