Oneida County opens drive-thru COVID-19 test site at Rome Griffiss International Airport


ROME, NY – Oneida County opens a free COVID-19 drive-thru test site at Rome’s Griffiss International Airport on Wednesday, December 22.

Unlike previous nose swab tests offered at Griffiss, the county will now provide self-administered cheek swab tests at the site.

Due to the new test method, people who take the test should not eat or drink anything within 30 minutes of their appointment, and should not chew gum, take mints or lozenges, nor smoke before the test. People tested should also refrain from brushing their teeth or using mouthwash within an hour of their appointment.

Test samples will be secured by a county technician and submitted to Quadrant Biosciences, the county’s testing partner.

People should also complete an online profile with Quadrant Biosciences before making an appointment to get tested.

Oneida County Director Anthony Picente said the opening of the site would meet the growing needs for testing in the county.

“Testing is a crucial part of the fight against COVID-19, especially during the wave we are currently experiencing,” Picente said. “While there are testing options available in the community, they do not adequately meet the needs of the public. Throughout this pandemic, the Oneida County government has remained at the forefront of keeping its residents healthy and safe, and this new free drive-through test site for all ages will present a convenient option. and recurring which will improve the availability and speed of results. “

People tested should bring photo ID and health insurance card if they have one, although people without insurance can still take a test.

The test site will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, and more appointments will be added in the coming weeks.


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