[Dr. Yomaris Pena]
As noted last week, Somos Community Care opened a temporary COVID-19 testing site behind the former St. Brigid School at 119 Avenue B between Seventh Street and Eighth Street. This testing site, under the guidance of Dr. Yomaris Pena, is just open through this coming Tuesday.
Th temporary COVID-19 testing site has been extended by a few more weeks.
The site also has new hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As EVG contributor Stacie Joy reports, walk-ins are still possible but they would prefer that you make an appointment. Somos reps also promised better staffing of the phone lines. (Several readers reported that they couldn't get through to make an appointment.)
EVG contributor Stacie Joy stopped by for a test. Here's what she had to say about it:
The entire process was quick, free or covered by insurance, and relatively painless. Two phlebotomists were there to take blood — both were very good and kind. Nasal swab COVID testing is available too.
Antibody test results in about 48 to 72 hours, delivered by phone. All in all, a good experience. No appointment necessary, although I had one. You will need ID.
You enter on Avenue B between the school and the rectory...
Free lunches are available as you leave ... along with free face masks...
Here's the number for an appointment: 1-833-766-6769. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Updated: I just went by at 12:30 and it was closed.]