Lawmakers call on state to open COVID testing site in Newburgh

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NEWBURGH – Two area state legislators are calling on the State Department of Health to open a COVID-19 testing site in the City of Newburgh.

Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson (D, Newburgh) and Senator James Skoufis (D, Cornwall) noted there is no mass testing facility in Orange County while there is a second state-run facility opened in Ulster County.

“Orange County has failed to open a testing site and it makes no sense to have two state-run testing sites a mere 20 minutes’ drive apart in Ulster County,” said Jacobson, who noted last week alone, Orange County lost 28 people to the pandemic.

Skoufis said SUNY Orange has “already served as an efficient and effective site for mass vaccinations and would allow local residents to keep their families and neighbors safe as a testing venue.”