Syracuse, N.Y. – Onondaga County and Upstate University Hospital are expanding a new student coronavirus testing program at NBT Bank Stadium to eliminate appointment delays.
About 500 Onondaga County students with symptoms of illness were tested at NBT last week, way more than expected, said Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon.
Students or parents must call Upstate to get an appointment for saliva testing at NBT. McMahon said he’s heard from some parents who say it took them one or two days to get appointments.
“The call volume is off the charts,” he said.
Saliva swab tests results are available in 24 to 36 hours. McMahon said rapid nasal swab coronavirus testing will also be available at NBT later this week. Results from those tests will be available within four hours.
Of the 500 children tested during the first week of the NBT program, six to seven tested positive, according to McMahon.
Upstate has a van at the stadium where testing is done 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Students or their parents can make appointments by calling 315-464-2582 and selecting option 4.
McMahon reported another Onondaga County resident died of coronavirus over the weekend. The person was 88 and had underlying medical conditions. That brings the county’s reported death toll to 207.
He also reported 12 new cases since Sunday, bringing the county’s total number of positive cases since March to 4,172. Of the 12 new cases, seven were attributed to community spread, two were travel-related, two occurred in households with previous infections and one is still under investigation.
Onondaga County has 198 active cases, 12 of them individuals who are hospitalized.
James T. Mulder covers health and higher education. Have a news tip? Contact him at (315) 470-2245 or firstname.lastname@example.org