Demand for testing sites rises as COVID-19 numbers skyrocket
Yorktown officials are asking Governor Kathy Hochul to set up a COVID-19 testing site at Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park.
State officials have said the state park has been an emergency gathering place in the past. After Tropical Storm Isaias, Con Edison used the park as a crew dispatch site for power line repairs.
Governor Hochul on Wednesday announced that 67,000 New Yorkers have tested positive for the virus in one day and officials expect those record numbers to continue to climb.
That’s a 65% increase overnight, so the need for testing continues to grow. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is now near 15% and the Mid-Hudson region is slightly below.
State officials say nearly one in five of the 360,000 tests performed came back positive and that does not include home tests that go unreported.
Yorktown City Council members said the local health system and regional hospitals are under extreme stress as demand for tests remains at an all time high.
In a statement, members of the city’s board of directors added that “patients come from as far away as Long Island in a desperate attempt to get tested at our local emergency care centers. The tension has sometimes brought on. our local police department to assist with crowd control. “