Reichlin-Melnick, Skoufis and Zebrowski urge reopening of Anthony Wayne recreation area for COVID testing

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Amid alarming spike in Covid cases in New York City, Rockland officials urge state to convert piece of Harriman State Park into a testing center as county residents wait in queues prolonged periods to determine who has the virus. Senator Reichilin-Melnick, Senator James Skoufis and Assembly Member Ken Zebrowski issued a joint statement calling on the Governor to adopt their suggestion, and we at the Rockland Times felt it was best to let them s’ express on the issue:

Like elsewhere in the state, many of our voters have reported standing in line for hours to get a COVID test, and some cannot even find a site with available tests. Rockland County and East Orange County are in dire need of additional testing capacity.

There is a ready-made location that is well suited to meet urgent needs. At the height of the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, the state opened a drive-thru test center in the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area off Palisades Parkway. This facility provided a safe, reliable and free place for area residents to get tested for COVID, but was closed this summer as infections subsided and vaccinations intensified.

With the exponential growth of COVID cases, we urge Governor Hochul and the Department of Health to act now and take whatever steps are necessary to immediately re-authorize and reopen the driving COVID test site at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Center or establish a equivalent. nearby establishment.

As we continue to urge all of our eligible voters to get immunized and boost immediately as the best form of protection against COVID, it is imperative for public health and our economy to dramatically increase testing capacity as soon as possible. “

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