NEW (Updated 6/13/22): We are now testing elective procedure patients for COVID-19 immediately before the procedure, regardless of vaccination status. This applies to procedures at the hospital, the CVPH Kevin J. Carroll Ambulatory Surgery Center, and certain CVPH office-based procedures. To ensure verification and accuracy, the tests will be supplied by the hospital and must be witnessed by a staff member. Tests taken at home by patients will not be accepted.
You WILL NOT need to be tested if you have recovered from a verifiable, laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 within 90 days of the initial diagnosis, have completed your quarantine of 10 days and are asymptomatic. See below for more information about pre-procedure testing and other COVID-19 testing available at CVPH.
Getting tested for COVID-19 continues to be a critical public health tool in limiting the spread of the virus in our communities. Whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, CVPH is one of several providers ensuring access to testing across the region so that you can get the answers you need. If you choose to get tested at the CVPH, please keep in mind that an order from your health care provider is required and your insurance will be billed.
Patients should come to the first floor laboratory at the CVPH Main Campus, located at 75 Beekman Street. Testing appointments can be scheduled by calling (518) 314-3278. Our first floor lab is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.
Please remember to wear a mask at all times while inside the building. Children getting tested can be accompanied by one parent or guardian. We recommend patients bring their health insurance card with them when they get tested. Results will be sent to the ordering provider. Patients may also get their results through https://hixny.org.
If you are getting an elective procedure done at CVPH, the CVPH Kevin J. Carroll Ambulatory Surgery Center, or certain CVPH offices, you will be tested immediately prior to the procedure, regardless of vaccination status. To ensure verification and accuracy, we will supply the antigen test, and the sample collection must be witnessed by a staff member in the pre-procedure area. Tests taken at home by patients will not be accepted.
In the event a patient's test comes back positive, an already establilshed team at the hospital will review the case and decide how to proceed. Unfortunately, this may result in your procedure being rescheduled so you can receive COVID-19-related care.
To minimize the risk of your procedure being rescheduled due to a positive COVID-19 test after you have already done procedural preparations, we recommend testing yourself at home immediately before beginning preparations. If you test positive, you should immediately call your Primary Care Provider (PCP) and contact the office of your Procedural Provider/Surgeon to determine next steps for your care and if the procedure should be rescheduled. Please remember, even if the pre-preparation at home test is negative, there is a possibility that the test on site just before the procedure will be positive. Patients may also follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to minimize the risk of infection before your procedure, including:
- Staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines.
- Wearing a well-fitting mask indoors in public areas where the COVID-19 Community Level is high.
- Avoiding poorly ventilated spaces and crowds.
You will not be tested for COVID-19 before your procedure if you meet the following criteria:
- You have recovered from a verifiable, laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 within 90 days of the initial diagnosis;
- You have completed your quarantine of 10 days;
- And you are asymptomatic.
These changes to our pre-procedure testing process were made in accordance with new guidelines released by NYSDOH. The goal is to make the process more convenient for you by eliminating the need to come in days ahead of time to get tested for COVID-19, reduce wait times in our first floor laboratory and further reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our procedure teams.
Don't forget, if you need additional testing ahead of your procedure, such as blood work, you will still need to get that done ahead of time. For more information, you can read answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions.
New York State is offering COVID-19 testing at SUNY Plattsburgh's Adirondack Hall, located at 51 Sanborn Avenue. To schedule an appointment, visit the Quadrant Biosciences website.
Clinton County Health Department is offering free testing for asymptomatic individuals (not experiencing symptoms) who do not have health insurance or a Primary Care Provider. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealth.org/covid19.
There are also other options for COVID-19 testing available to Clinton County residents, including local pharmacies. Learn more about those locations at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov.