OLEAN – Health officials in Cattaraugus County have expanded their COVID-19 testing capabilities.
The county Health Department says in order to determine how prevalent the disease is in the community, officials have rolled out an enhanced testing process with additional testing locations, days of operation and access to testing for residents.
Those who have COVID-19 symptoms, which include, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell and nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, are asked to get tested after speaking with their doctor.
Furthermore, anyone who has come in close contact with a known COVID-19 case should also be tested for infection. Healthcare worker, first responder, or other essential workers who directly interacts with the public is also encouraged to get tested.
“Individuals are strongly encouraged to notify their primary healthcare provider of their symptoms and to obtain an order for testing,” explained health officials. “However, those without an order may still be tested.”
All testing requires pre-registration and an appointment. To register visit cattco.org/covid-19-test or call (716) 938-9119. After registration, patients will be contacted to schedule a testing time and location.
Officials say the testing is not antibody testing, but rather, testing to see if a patient currently has COVID-19.