Neighborhood Health Center of WNY, Inc. is continuing to offer COVID-19 Drive-Up Testing to the general public at its Blasdell, Mattina and Northwest offices.
These Neighborhood Health Center public testing sites are now available as a means to reinforce state efforts to manage the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Western New York. Although not required, calling Neighborhood Health Center at (716) 875-2904 to setup a testing appointment is encouraged. Tests will be provided on a first come, first served basis with a 50 patient/session capacity limit for testing availability at each site. Once 50 patients/sessions are scheduled, appointments will be offered for another site or another day.
As a new update, effective September 1, 2020, Univera, Independent Health and BlueCross BlueShield are no longer covering the costs of COVID-19 tests for asymptomatic individuals without a medical provider order, including those that have been exposed and showing no symptoms. With this recent change, we are saddened to report that patients that are covered by these insurances and are in need of a COVID-19 test to return to work or school will no longer be covered. Please note, however, that New York State and the Erie County Department of Health will continue offering free testing for all (visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you for additional information).
Please read the following information carefully prior to arrival:
Public Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Site Locations & Hours:
Eligibility for Testing:
- You do not have to be a Neighborhood Health Center patient, but you need insurance coverage and must be symptomatic to be tested
- If asymptomatic, a patient will be responsible for the cost of a test
Testing Individuals will be asked to:
How it Works:
- Neighborhood Health Center Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests involves a nasal swab while staying in your car. Although an appointment or referral is not necessary to receive testing, calling us ahead of time at (716) 875-2904 is encouraged. Please note that if presenting symptoms, try to drive yourself to the testing site to maintain good social distancing. However, this is not required. You may still get tested if you are the passenger instead of the driver. Multiple people who need testing may drive together.
- All tests will be processed through Quest Diagnostics, and those individuals who are tested at the Drive-Up site will receive a phone call with their results from a Neighborhood Health Center provider. If tested, individuals will be asked to stay home and avoid public transit and places (like the grocery stores) until their results are received. At this time, there are delays in receiving test results across the state (and country) due to continual increases in testing numbers and shortages in testing supplies. As a result testing results may take up to 15 days to process at this time.
If your symptoms worsen or if you experience difficulty breathing or have other signs of a medical emergency, please seek emergency care.
Neighborhood Health Center continues to accept new patients, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. For more information or to enroll as a new patient, please CLICK HERE or call us directly at (716) 875-2904.