SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Opens COVID-19 Testing Site

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Jan 24, 2022

Downstate among nine additional testing sites announced by Governor Hochul

Brooklyn, NY—SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University (Downstate) joins the list of nine additional State University of New York (SUNY) COVID-19 testing sites announced last week by Governor Kathy Hochul. This announcement follows the 20 sites on SUNY campuses the Governor announced during January.

Beginning today, January 24, 2022, anyone who wishes to get a COVID test can come to SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University testing site at 750 New York Avenue in Brooklyn from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for a free COVID test. Walk-ins are welcome; however, appointments may also be scheduled.

“Amid the growing Omicron variant, the need for testing is critical where numbers of infected people are rising,” said SUNY Downstate president Wayne J. Riley, M.D., “In 2020, in the two zip codes in the immediate Downstate community, approximately 90 percent of deaths were among blacks. In a community challenged with vaccine hesitancy amid rising infections, we stand ready to test and provide care for those most in need.”

University Hospital at Downstate is the only state hospital in Brooklyn. In 2020, then-Governor Cuomo also designated Downstate as a COVID-only facility.