If you have tried to get a COVID test this week you are well aware that wait times and lines for testing have been extremely long.

I was talking to someone I know just yesterday who waited 5 hours at a local urgent care for a test and ended up having to leave without ever getting checked. With the omicron variant exploding, it is certainly making it difficult to take the simple precaution of getting a test if you feel ill. Even finding an at-home test is near impossible right now.

The good news is it could get a little easier statewide later this week to get tested.

New York State To Open 10 SUNY COVID Testing Sites

Governor Hochul announced yesterday that 10 state-run testing sites will be opening by the end of this week. this week at SUNY campuses across New York. The Governor said, “As we continue to combat the winter surge it is essential that we provide more access to testing for New Yorkers to help limit the spread of this virus. With 10 sites opening by the end of this week and additional sites by the end of the next, we are quickly ramping up our ability to focus our resources where they are needed.”

The state-run sites will include a location at the Colonial Dining hall at 1400 Washington Avenue on SUNY Albany campus which will open this Friday January 7th with daily hours from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The site will be providing tests by appointment only that can be scheduled here. 

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.