As Coronavirus Spreads, Many Say It Remains Hard to Get Tested

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As a drive-thru coronavirus testing site opens in New Rochelle, New York, where one of the biggest outbreaks of COVID-19 is taking place in the U.S., many people are still struggling to get tested across the state and country at large.

The drive-thru site, located at Glen Island Park, opened Friday and is operating by appointment only. The first appointments will go to those who have been quarantined and those who are elderly or have compromised immune systems, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Benjamin Perry, a Washington Heights resident who works as a minister, said the state needs to expand the availability of tests. He recently had dinner with a friend who had a close coworker who tested positive, but he said he was still denied testing.

“She reached out to me saying [I] may have possibly been exposed,” Perry, 29, told “I work with old people, babies and people who are immunocompromised or have no health insurance, so regardless I needed to self-quarantine. My hope was to get tested.”