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NYS Approved FREE Coronavirus PCR Testing to End at Samaritan’s Drive-up Location

Published on: February 24, 2022

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center received notification this week that the last day of free NYS-sponsored COVID testing will be Friday, February 25, 2022, at the Samaritan Drive-Up Testing Site, as per the state’s directive.  

Samaritan’s Drive-Up Testing location remains open as we test surgical patients and those directed to be tested who call our Resource Line at 315-755-3100 if they have any COVID symptoms. Our paid PCR testing also remains to be done for the $100 fee, which has been very helpful to international travelers. If a patient has scheduled a test for travel purposes and used the free testing option, they will need to reschedule and pay for the test. 

There are other local testing options, and we encourage community members to use the NYS Testing Site Finder to do so –