Drive Through Testing Facility To Open Tomorrow In Flatbush, Walk-In In Brownsville Next Week

Sears in Flatbush. File photo/Bklyner

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced five new testing facilities, of which one – a drive-through mobile testing facility – will open at the Sears Parking Lot at 2307 Beverly Road in Flatbush tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. (Its the large lot behind Kings Theater).

Next week, the state is opening a walk-in facility in Brownsville, which will be by appointment only and prioritize tests for individuals that are among the highest risk population. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065.

The Governor is also asking all New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood. “Individuals who have recovered from the virus may have convalescent plasma in their blood, which has antibodies against the virus and could help with the development of a treatment for the virus,” more information about how to donate is available here.

“We also have a significant mental health issue that comes with what we’ve done. The isolation, the disorientation. It’s a growing problem.” Governor said in this morning’s press conference. “We have a growing problem with the number of domestic violence cases. If you need help during this highly stressful period, and I suspect more people need help than acknowledge that they need help, we have a support hotline. We have thousands of people who have volunteered to help. People should reach out and ask for it.” In NYC, please call 311 and you will be connected with help.

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Liena Zagare

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  1. Considering the relative difficulty of scoring a blood test if you’re sick (in my case, my physician told me she’s sure I have it, but discouraged testing because of the necessity to keep tests for the more gravely ill), will a positive test for antibodies–once it’s out there for clinical use–permit a recovered person to give plasma? Or will the pool of potential downers remain smaller than it could be because of the insistence on testing DURING the disease?

  2. Hi Liena,
    Thanks for the information regarding the Flatbush Testing Site. However, I feel that a lot more people of color will die from COVID-19 by waiting on an appointment to be made by the Department of Health instead of allowing people to be tested and fill out the paper work after if the State is interested in collecting statistics. I raise this point of view as an African American/Native American whose Primary Care Physician is on vacation and my 31 year old daughter who has not been out of the house since March 9, 2020. On last Wednesday, she awoke with a terrible headache, chills, eye aches and pains throughout her body and a temperature well over 101 degrees. I couldn’t take her to an Urgent Care Facility or the ER at SUNY Downstate Hospital since it’s now a COVID Hospital and the Urgent Care Facility ask that your Primary Care Physician see you first for treatment. Well, I finally got in contact with my Doctor who responded a day later and wanted my daughter to get COVID-19 Tested at the Flatbush Site which would require not only my daughter, but my husband and myself as well. I called the phone number listed in the article late Friday and gave all of my family’s information to only learn that my information will be forwarded to the Department of Health to schedule an appointment. Please note that my daughter and husband are both asthmatic and my husband recently was diagnosed with COPD. Both my husband and daughter had fevers over 101 degrees and on Friday morning, my husband fell in our bathroom due to getting lightheaded upon waking up from sleep and didn’t know that he was feverish until I took his temperature after lifting him off the bathroom floor. My concern was that he didn’t have another stroke, but was only lightheaded. I had to contact his Primary Care Physician to telephone conference with us to provide antibiotics for his sinuses in which he was hospitalized for Chronic Sinusitis back in late February 2020. On Saturday late afternoon, I had to pick up antibiotics for both family members, because I had to contact my Primary Care Physician who also is my daughter’s physician to inform him that I had to schedule an appointment first before being tested. To-date, I haven’t heard from the Department of Health, my daughter’s temperature comes and goes after taking Acetaminophen, but she’s lost her sense of smell and taste which can be a real challenge for someone who’s asthmatic. Why couldn’t the Governor and Mayor set up walk-up testing sites without an appointment that has been done in another Brooklyn neighborhood. I reside in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn, why couldn’t a walk-up testing Sites be set up for Canarsie. As a disabled individual from a work related injury in 2000 and as a former City Government Employee, I find that not only has there been a disparity in Health treatment in the communities of Color, but now the RED TAPE protocol of scheduling to wait for an appointment for testing is more lethal than the COVID-19 virus itself. Thank God my family and I do know how to pray, because waiting on an answer from the Department of Health for an appointment seems to be on the back burner for now. Lastly, I awoke on Sunday totally soaked feeling very sluggish, but I couldn’t just rest the day away, because as a wife and Mom, your family’s health and well-being supersedes yours. Yes, a low grade temperature tried to attach itself to my well-being, but I persevered, but I would feel a whole lot better if my family was tested ASAP.😘❤️

  3. I AM WRITING YOU IN REGARDS TO TESTING SITE. FIRST OF ALL GOVERNOR AND MAYOR SAYS THERE IS TESTING SITE IN OUR AREA BUT DIDNT MENTION YOU HAVE TO MAKE AND APPOINTMENT WHEN I FOUND THAT OUT I CALL THE NUMBER THEY TOOK ALL MY INFORMATION AND THEY TOLD ME IT WILL TAKE 48HRS BEFORE THEY GET ME APPOINTMENT I AM A HEALTH CARE WORKER I WAS OUT FROM WORK OVER A WEEK I HAD A COUGH SO MY DOCTOR SAY GET SOME REST I WILL LIKE TO GET TESTED BEFORE I GO BACK TO WORK.

  4. L. Bernard, go on the website at Coronavirus.Health.NY.Gov/COVID-19-Testing and register there and do the assessment, because there’s a category for Health Care Workers and also check out the special Worker’s Compensation website to file your claim there even if you return back to work. File your concern as a Healthcare Worker.

  5. Liena,

    Thanks so very much for your information regarding the Testing Sites in Brooklyn as well as a place to leave our comments to help each other as Brooklynites. Happy to report, me and the family are being tested tomorrow.

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