New York adds new COVID testing sites; Hochul takes on critics

Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 12:33 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2021 at 3:39 PM EST
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) - As we head into Christmas and a new year in the midst of yet another surge of COVID-19, the state of New York is adding 13 new COVID testing sites.

Two of them are in the North Country.

In our region, there will be a test site in Malone at Citizens Advocates. The other will be in Lowville at the Maple Ridge Center.

The new sites come a week after the mask mandate ordered by the governor was met with controversy by leaders statewide, with some county executives refusing to enforce it.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that 5 million at-home test kits are expected to arrive in the state by the end of the year, with a total of 37 million expected.

The state is developing a portal for people to order those at-home test kits.

“This is not the same situation we had in March 2020 or even last winter surge. We’ve had more testing. We’ve had more opportunities. But also, we know that hospitalizations are continuing to rise. So, our winter surge plan which was activated months ago making vaccines and boosters and testing widely available continues in full throttle here,” said Hochul, D-New York.

The state is also shortening the amount of time essential workers must stay home after testing positive. Fully vaccinated people in health care and other frontline fields can return to work after five days instead of 10 if they’re not showing symptoms or their symptoms are resolving. They must wear masks on the job.

Test sites in the North Country:


Citizens Advocates

324 Creighton Road

Malone, NY 12953

Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Maple Ridge Center

7421 East Road

Lowville, NY 13367

Hours of Operation: Monday and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Click here to find sites near you.

Starting on Monday, December 27, New Yorkers can make an appointment for a COVID-19 test at one of these locations here.

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