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Mammovan turns to COVID testing

Upstate’s Mammo Van to be used for mobile COVID-19 testing site

Upstate’s mobile mammography unit has been enlisted to help in Central New York’s fight against COVID-19.

Beginning this week, the Upstate Covid Van will be used as a drive-thru mobile testing site in Madison county. The Upstate Covid Van will support the region’s ability to maintain re-opening benchmarks by meeting the designated covid testing criteria set forth by Gov. Cuomo.

Staffed with three registered nurses, clinical support and clerical support staff from Upstate, the Covid Van will offer free testing to everyone, regardless of symptoms. Results are expected within 48 hours.

Individuals are encouraged to pre-register by calling 315-464-2582. Testing will be available to those unregistered on a first-come, first-served basis as capacity allows. Individuals will be tested in their vehicles, as the van serves as base of operations for Upstate staff.

The Covid Van’s first mobile visit will be held Thursday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the county office building in Wampsville; and Friday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at SUNY Morrisville. Additional dates will be forthcoming.

“As the region’s only academic medical university, Upstate has a responsibility to innovate,” says Upstate University Hospital Chief Executive Officer Robert Corona, DO, MBA. “The Co-Van will provide testing services for communities in need. Upstate is fortunate to have this state-of-the-art vehicle that is being reimagined in order to provide a safe, effective and convenient solution to covid testing in our region.”

County Executive Ryan McMahon praised Upstate’s partnership, “Ensuring that Onondaga County and our region continues to have robust, proactive testing has been a top priority of my administration during this pandemic. Thank you to Upstate Medical University and Upstate University Hospital for their important partnership in our region’s effort to make sure people can get tested safely and quickly for COVID-19.”

McMahon says the mobile van will help to ensure our region will continue to reopen the local economy in a coordinated, safe and strategic way.

The van, funded by a New York State Department of Health grant, was launched last summer as a part of Gov. Cuomo’s “No Excuses, Get Screened” Breast Cancer Initiative, which is aimed at getting rid of obstacles to breast cancer screening for women in New York.

For more information on the van and an updated schedule of mobile sites, visit: www.upstate.edu/mobilecovid.