ALBANY – At today’s briefing, Governor Cuomo announced he will allow pharmacists to test for COVID-19.
This action will unlock a network of over 5,000 pharmacies as COVID-19 testing locations and help the state build a collection network to meet laboratory capacity and increase overall testing capacity.
He also announced the state is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to include more frontline New York workers – a direct result of rapidly increasing diagnostic testing capacity.
The expanded criteria will now allow all first responders, health care workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren’t symptomatic.
The state will continue to expand testing criteria as testing capacity increases, Cuomo said.