Monday's strong winds and heavy rain have prompted officials to temporarily close several COVID-19 mobile testing sites across Long Island, officials said.
The state Department of Health on Monday said it has closed 10 drive through-testing locations, including at Jones Beach, the latest site to be closed, and Stony Brook University, "due to inclement weather and to ensure safety for all New Yorkers," said spokesman Jeffrey Hammond. The appointments are being rescheduled, Hammond said.
The mobile testing site at Jones Beach State Park is the largest drive-thru testing site, officials said.
Stony Brook University suspended testing for COVID-19 on its campus and Suffolk County did the same for its three county-operated mobile sites, officials said Sunday.
County officials have begun removing tents at the sites it opened last week in Riverhead, Brentwood, and Huntington Station, due to the weather forecast.
Stony Brook University will temporarily close its testing operation and Field ER at the University’s “South P Lot” off Stony Brook Road, university officials announced in a statement.
Winds are expected to reach 30 mph Monday morning and could increase to 45 mph by the afternoon, with the possibility of gusts up to 70 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
The forecast makes it "just impossible to do this kind of mobile testing,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said during his daily coronavirus news briefing on Sunday.
Monday appointments will be rescheduled, and the sites are expected to reopen on Tuesday, Bellone said. Suffolk opened three sites last week: in Huntington Station on Wednesday and Brentwood and Riverhead on Friday. HRHcare, which operates the county’s health centers, is administering the tests, and private companies donated the tents.
Stony Brook plans to reopen the testing site on Tuesday, unless repairs to the site are needed, according to the university statement.
Sites run by Lake Success-based ProHealth will remain open, said company spokeswoman Stacey Goldberg. Most are in parking lots with tents. She also said many of the sites were located next to urgent care centers or in a covered garage.
With Robert Brodsky