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December 1, 2017


 

 

 

Free Newburgh blood testing available on same day as registration

NEWBURGH – The State Health Department has announced that two days in December – the 14th and 15th – have been set aside for Newburgh area residents to pick up a lab order in person at Cornerstone Family Healthcare and have their blood drawn and tested for PFOS that same day.

The first round of blood testing, which began in November 2016 runs through December 31, is free to Newburgh area residents and people who work in the area, concerned about past exposure to PFOS and other carcinogenic chemicals from the City of Newburgh’s Washington Lake reservoir.

On the 14th, people may come to Cornerstone at 147 Lake Street from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 15th.

All other days in December persons should call 518-402-7950 to receive a lab order and then go to any of the four testing locations:

  • BioReference Labs, 147 Lake Street (walk-ins only no appointments)
  • LabCorp at 5 Hudson Valley Professional Plaza (walk-ins or appointments)
  • Quest Diagnostics, 347 Fullerton Avenue (walk-ins or appointments)
  • St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, 70 Dubois Street (walk-ins only)

Since the blood testing began a year ago, 3,440 people have been tested and an additional 2,100 people have received test orders, but have yet to have a blood sample collected.

State health officials said that while the blood test for PFOS exposure does not determine current or future health effects, it can be used to measure levels of exposure to the chemicals.


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