With COVID-19 “hot spots” reported in some areas of New York State, Supervisor Don Clavin and the Hempstead Town Board are taking proactive steps to protect the residents of America’s largest township. Standing outside Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, a hospital that remains on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Supervisor Clavin – joined by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray, Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll and officials from Northwell Health – announced a $315,000 grant for Northwell Health to establish a new collaborative effort to provide PCR diagnostic testing for COVID-19, as well as educational materials, at three locations in America’s largest township through the end of October.
“The Town of Hempstead has come a long way in reducing our region’s COVID-19 infection rate, but testing and education are essential to maintaining this positive trend and to keep residents safe,” stated Supervisor Clavin. “America’s largest township is proud to provide this $315,000 grant to Northwell Health as we continue our collaborative effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our township also thanks Senator Charles Schumer for securing the CARES funds to help fund programs like this one.”
PCR diagnostic testing for COVID-19 will be available on the following schedule:
To make an appointment, please call Northwell’s Town of Hempstead testing hotline at (516) 821-2500.
“We are proud to partner with the Town of Hempstead in expanding our efforts in providing diagnostic COVID-19 testing at 3 additional town parks sites within Hempstead Town,” said Dr. Debbie Salas-Lopez, senior vice president of community and population health at Northwell Health. “Education and testing are the key to fostering healthy communities and limiting the spread of COVID-19.”
The $315,000 grant provided to Northwell Health was funded through $133 million in federal CARES funding that was awarded to the Town of Hempstead based on its population of more than 770,000 people. To date, the town has committed more than $30 million in CARES funding to food banks, medical facilities, education centers and other community organizations that provide aid to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, the Town of Hempstead approved a $2 million CARES funds grant to Northwell Health to provide COVID-19 antibody testing and education, which allowed thousands of residents to obtain free antibody tests.
Education is also an integral part of the program. Each person that gets tested will receive a packet of coronavirus educational materials including information regarding the virus, how to identify symptoms, and how to protect yourself and others. The educational materials also include more information about PCR diagnostic testing and interpretation of positive/negative results. Both of these services are geared towards the ultimate goal of providing additional awareness, connecting the community with healthcare services, and containing the spread of COVID-19. Visit https://hempsteadny.gov/files/pdfs/covid-flier-10.pdf to access an informational brochure about COVID-19 testing and the Town of Hempstead’s program with Northwell Health.
“We are proud to provide additional aid to Northwell Health to expand COVID-19 testing throughout the Town of Hempstead,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. Added Councilman Blakeman, “This collaborative effort with Northwell Health will help keep residents safe.”
“Education and testing for COVID-19 are the most important steps our township can take to reduce the spread of the virus and keep our community safe,” said Councilman D’Esposito. Added Councilman Dunne, “To keep our area’s infection rate low, residents must continue to get tested and stay informed.”
“With convenient testing locations in Baldwin, East Meadow and West Hempstead this month, there’s no better time to get your free COVID-19 test,” said Councilman Muscarella. Added Councilman Carini, “I am proud to partner with Supervisor Clavin and my colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board to help keep our community safe through the expansion of testing and education in collaboration with Northwell Health.”
For more information about the Town of Hempstead and its efforts to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses throughout the region, visit https://hempsteadny.gov/.