ITHACA, N.Y. –– During his press conference Thursday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced expanded testing criteria for COVID-19 to include anyone who has attended protests across the state.

This comes after thousands have gathered this week demanding an end to police brutality and justice for the murder of George Floyd –– the black man killed by Minneapolis police in May. Locally, three large scale protests have drawn large crowds that have made 6 foot separation nearly impossible.

“Our numbers have been going down every day, but now we have tens of thousands of people who have been protesting statewide that could lead to new spread of the virus,” Cuomo said on Thursday. “We’re going to open the testing facilities for all people who were at a protest statewide and encourage any individual who attended any protest to be responsible and get tested.”

Tests are available through Cayuga Health at their drive-thru sampling site, located in the parking lot at The Shops at Ithaca Mall. Click here to for information about the Cayuga Health Sampling Site, how to register, and what to expect if you go.

You can also call your primary health care provider if you have symptoms or have been in a room with a person who tested positive. If you do not have a primary care provider, call Convenient Care at (607) 274-4150.

Anna Lamb

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