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Beckman’s to Start Local Drive-up Testing Today

June 25th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Beckman's Pharmacy will begin sign-ups for the area's first non-hospital testing today at their location on Greene Street.

There will be two separate testings administered starting on July 7th and July 14th with drive-up nasal swab testing. In addition, antibody blood testing will be administered the following days on July 8th and July 15th. There will be a $20 charge for the nasal swab test, and a $25 fee for the antibody blood testing.

Results usually take 24 hours, and are reported to the Allegany County Health Department in addition to the patient.


6 Responses to “Beckman’s to Start Local Drive-up Testing Today”

  1. June 25, 2020 at 9:00 am, Goose said:

    There’s a step in the right direction but we have to pay!? You don’t have to downstate.


  2. June 25, 2020 at 9:16 am, mac said:

    Throughout the State testing is available and there is no charge. Only here, in this outpost of civilization, does the profit motive enter into the equation.
    Beckman’s Pharmacy is trying to cash in on the fears of infection and death.

    “Since the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, most people should not face costs for the COVID-19 test or associated costs. Starting on March 18 and lasting for the duration of the public health emergency, all forms of public and private insurance, including self-funded plans, must now cover FDA-approved COVID-19 tests and costs associated with testing with no cost-sharing.”


    • June 25, 2020 at 11:31 am, hollywood said:

      The pharmacy is a privately owned business, they accept most insurances including medi-care. They are simply providing a service that has been practically inaccessible elsewhere. I see no reason to be disappointed with their efforts.


      • June 25, 2020 at 12:06 pm, Hoagie said:

        > It’s not supposed to cost ANYTHING! PERIOD!
        Only here we stick it to the poor.


  3. June 25, 2020 at 11:13 am, Jerome said:

    OK , so I pay to have the test done and then have to stay at home if I get positive results and go unpaid from my job… ? Makes no sense!!!


  4. June 25, 2020 at 1:23 pm, LRH said:

    Having free tests would require two things, a Health Department that is aware that there are other services to provide besides saving our precious drug addicts, and two, we have community hospital that has our community’s interests at heart as opposed to the CEO’s legacy and bonus.


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