COVID-19 test site opened on Friday at Rotterdam Walmart

In May 11, 2020

Appointments are required; no walk-ups will be allowed

By Bethany Bump

Times Union
Schenectady County announced Thursday that it has partnered with Walmart and Quest Diagnostics to open a COVID-19 test site in Rotterdam.The drive-through site will open Friday in the parking lot of the town’s Walmart, located at 1320 Altamont Ave. Testing will be done by appointment only; no walk-ups will be allowed. Individuals also must meet symptom or other criteria to be tested.

To make an appointment, visit where you will be directed to sign in to see if you qualify for testing. Those who do can get an appointment “as early as tomorrow,” the site says.

In order to qualify, you must be 18 or older and meet CDC and state guidelines on who should be tested, which includes: first responders, health care providers, individuals with symptoms, and individuals without symptoms who are prioritized by health departments of clinicians for any reason.

“Schenectady County would like to thank Walmart, Quest Diagnostics and the town of Rotterdam for making this new testing opportunity available to our residents,” said Anthony Jasenski, chair of the county Legislature. “Our ability to move forward depends not only on increasing our testing availability, but also on the decisions we make every day as individuals, including staying at home unless there’s an urgent need to go out, and wearing a face covering when in a public setting where physical distancing is not always possible.”

The test site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays weekly from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., weather permitting.

Once on site, those being tested must wear a mask and stay in their cars while Walmart pharmacists and other staff verify their eligibility and check their ID. Individuals will then be given a nasal swab to administer themselves while inside their vehicles and being observed by a trained medical volunteer. They will then seal the sample and drop it in a container on their way out of the site.

Quest will process the samples and call individuals and their local health departments with results.

Any questions about testing at the site should be directed to Quest’s COVID-19 hotline (1-866-448-7719), which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A list of other test sites in the county, as well as the Capital Region as a whole are available here.