Blood testing continues in Newburgh


NEWBURGH – It could take
several more months of blood testing in Newburgh before everyone who requested
it is screened.
Since the bio-monitoring and blood sampling program began late last year, 545 people were tested. Over 3,000 area residents requested to participate in the program.
The voluntary testing by the state health department stems from the contamination of the Washington Lake reservoir, the City of Newburgh’s primary drinking water source, which was found to contain the carcinogenic chemical PFOS.
The reservoir was taken offline last spring. The city is currently getting water from the New York City Catskill Aqueduct.
The question lingered as to if Newburgh area residents had been contaminated by the chemical, which was determined to have come from the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport.
Blood testing continues at the Cornerstone Family Healthcare facilities in Newburgh on January 15, 18, 20, 23, 26 and 29. It will likely continue beyond this month.