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First Day of Testing in Rensselaer County A Success: The first day of testing in Rensselaer County was a success, with several dozen residents tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday

The testing was done at the County Office Building in downtown Troy, with Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center testing 75 residents. The testing used all of the available test kits allocated for the day.

“This was a great start to the testing effort in Rensselaer County and appreciate the very efficient and hard-working team from Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center who examined residents,” said McLaughlin.

“This testing effort will help our county treat those in need and also help map out a road back to normalcy,” added McLaughlin.

The testing with Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center continues this week. Whitney Young will join the county to do testing in Rensselaer at the City Hall, 62 Washington Avenue, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.

And Whitney Young will also join with the county for testing at the Whitney Young Health Center, 802 Second Avenue, Troy, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, May 8.

All testing with Whitney Young will be done by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 518-465-4771, extension 0.

The county worked hard to arrange testing after making requests to the state for several weeks for test kits. The county has only received 200 test kits from the state. When the state did not provide additional test kits, the county independently arranged for two test operations.

“We are very encouraged by the strong reception for testing on our first day, and look forward to other testing this week.

Along with Whitney Young, the county also arranged for IMA Group with Lab Corp. The second testing operation will begin Friday.