Kaleida Health has added a Covid-19 testing clinic on Buffalo's East Side, a community hit hard by the virus.
The testing site at the Leroy R. Coles Jr. Branch Library, at 1187 E. Delavan Ave., opens Friday.
The library is located in the 14215 ZIP code, which covers a good portion of the East Side and has 172 confirmed coronavirus cases. It is the highest total for any ZIP code in the area.
Testing is by appointment only. People can call 859-3222 to schedule a test, although if they have a doctor they should start there to first get a prescription.
Testing is open to people with symptoms of Covid-19 and results should be returned in two to three days.
The Coles library site will initially be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but Kaleida Health may add hours or staff if demand requires.
This is Kaleida Health's third testing site as the system continues to expand access to Covid-19 tests for the area.
The two others are in Amherst and Buffalo, but the hospital system has declined to reveal their exact locations to avoid people driving up for unscheduled tests. Announcement of testing at the Coles library comes after the unveiling of a plan to fight Covid-19 in the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods and mounting criticism of the lack of testing in the African American community.
Kaleida Health is opening the newest site with the assistance of the African American Health Disparities Task Force, Erie County, the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
Kaleida Health spokesman Michael Hughes said this new testing site is not a part of the $8 million state fund announced Wednesday to battle Covid-19 among Buffalo's most vulnerable residents.