Department Of Health “SWAT” Team To Conduct COVID-19 Testing In Dunkirk

Photo: Matt Hecht / U.S. Air National Guard

DUNKIRK – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo says a Health Department “SWAT” team will be deployed to Dunkirk to assist in containing a COVID-19 outbreak at a local business.

During his Thursday conference call with reporters, Cuomo said the COVID-19 positivity rate in the region has been one of the highest throughout the state, fluctuating between 1% and 1.8% for the past week.

Because of the continued increased positive rate, he is sending what he calls a Department of Health “SWAT” team to set up eight testing sites around the region, with one in Dunkirk.

The sites will use Abbott testing machines which the governor says provides same-day results.

On Monday, Chautauqua County officials announced a Coronavirus outbreak Fieldbrook Farms in Dunkirk, with dozens of positive tests tracing back to workers at the plant.


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