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Rensselaer County to Hold Third Dedicated Day for College Student COVID-19 Testing

Rensselaer County will be providing a third dedicated day of COVID-19 testing for college students this Friday, County Executive Steve McLaughlin and members of the County Legislature announced.

The third day of testing for college students on follows two dedicated days of testing for college students on August 14 and August 21, with strong responses for both days.

College students who are county residents and returning to school this fall can be tested this Friday, August 28 at the county-run site in the parking lot of the Van Rensselaer Manor. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as long as there are students asking to be tested. Only college students will be seen this Friday.

“We recognize that parents and students are facing some added hurdles returning to school for the fall, including COVID-19 tests. Rensselaer County is working to provide opportunities for testing for students to help out during this challenging time,” said McLaughlin.

“Rensselaer County has made a major commitment to providing access for COVID-19 testing to our residents. No other county in the region has committed the resources our county has allocated for testing,” said Chair of the Legislature Mike Stammel.

Students must demonstrate proof of residency, valid six months before testing, at the site. There is no fee for testing. Appointments are needed by students to be tested on August 28.

Rensselaer County has paid for testing for residents since May. To date, over 39,000 tests have been administered. The dedicated testing for college students is the latest testing effort supported by the county.

Testing is done by the IMA Group, and appointments can be made by calling IMA at 800-245-4245. IMA has been working with the county since the spring to provide testing.

“We hope this is a help for students and parents in the county getting ready to head back to college for the fall. We understand there are a lot of uncertainties faced by our college students as we deal with a fast-changing situation,” said Vice Chairwoman Kelly Hoffman.

“Rensselaer County is proud that we have provided nearly 40,000 tests in county. We recognize testing as our guide to a careful and successful reopening and are continuing our commitment to test those in need,” said McLaughlin.

Along with IMA, those needing testing can also use a state-operated site at the University at Albany. To make an appointment at the UAlbany site, call 888-364-3065.