Long Island becoming NY's new COVID-19 hot spot

Posted at 7:45 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 19:45:17-04

LONG ISLAND — COVID-19 is spreading fast on Long Island, while cases seem to be leveling off in New York City, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Suffolk and Nassau counties began testing more children over the weekend. Infants to young adults can take a 5-minute test at two PM Pediatrics sites, by appointment only. Doctors say that so far, under 40% of kids have tested positive.

Additionally, three urgent care centers providing the new rapid test are moving to appointment-only testing after demand exceeded supply just days after launching last week.

American Family Care urgent cares in East Meadow, West Islip and Farmingdale were the among the first sites in the nation last week to deliver positive test results of the coronavirus in as little as five minutes, and negative results in 13 minutes.

The AFC centers initially started giving the new test on a first come, first serve basis, but after lines out the door just to register each day, they are now requiring appointments be made ahead of time.

Nassau County COVID-19 cases jumped Sunday to 14,398, while Suffolk County cases now stand at 12,405. Statewide, New York cases are now at 122,031 with over 4,100 deaths due to the novel coronavirus.

More info on AFC Urgent Care locations:

AFC Urgent Care Farmingdale
Bi-County Shopping Center - 1037 Fulton Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: (631) 983-4578
Hours: (Weekdays & Weekends) 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

AFC Urgent Care East Meadow
2310 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
Phone: (516) 531-6492
Hours: (Weekdays) 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; (Weekends) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

AFC Urgent Care West Islip
125 Sunrise Highway, West Islip, NY 11795
Phone: (631) 400-3430
Hours: (Weekdays) 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; (Weekends) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.