A pop-up COVID-19 testing facility that opened on April 30 in Southampton Village will continue to operate thanks to Suffolk County taking over the cost of free testing.
The testing site was funded with private donations from Hampton Health Society, which raised enough money to set up the site and operate it through May. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman reached out to Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming and County Executive Steve Bellone with the hopes of continuing testing. Bellone announced May 22 the county would indeed provide the needed funds. The drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility is operated by Hudson River Health Care and is located at the Kraus Family Health Center, adjacent to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.
“Access to widespread testing is one of our most critical tools in the battle against COVID-19,” Bellone said. “As we get closer to reopening, Suffolk County will continue to work with all of our partners to ensure our testing sites remain open and anyone who needs to be tested has access.”
Early in the pandemic, Schneiderman and other local elected officials called on the county to locate a testing site on the South Fork. A site was established after Hamptons Health Society, a local not-for-profit, raised $25,000 in donations to help fund the operation of the testing facility by HRHCare. HRHCare offers free testing to any uninsured resident in need of financial assistance.
“Not only is available testing of COVID-19 vital to the health of our community, testing is a key metric in determining the reopening of our economy,” Fleming said. “With more testing, we are able to determine the extent of the spread of the disease. I am proud that Suffolk County is taking this step in funding these tests.”
The Southampton COVID-19 testing site will continue to operate every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Call 845-553-8030 to schedule an appointment.