New York state sends staff, supplies for two new Houston coronavirus testing sites

Two new testing sites in Houston have banners indicating they were supplied by the state of New York. (Courtesy New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo)
Two new testing sites in Houston have banners indicating they were supplied by the state of New York. (Courtesy New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

Two new testing sites in Houston have banners indicating they were supplied by the state of New York. (Courtesy New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

Once the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S., the state of New York is lending aid to Houston as the city faces new challenges with high case counts and hospitalization numbers.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the deployment July 16 of 19 clinical staffers and five support staffers for two new coronavirus testing sites in Houston.

“We are grateful for what people across the US did for NY. We are grateful [and] we are paying it forward,” Cuomo wrote on Twitter.

The two sites both operate from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: one at Fallbrook Church at 12,512 Walters Road, Houston, and one at Higher Dimension Church at 9800 Club Creek Drive, Houston. Both sites will remain open for two weeks.

“Houston is grateful for the support from Governor Cuomo and the people of New York,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release. “Testing is critically important in Houston, especially in the Black and Hispanic communities that have been hit hardest by COVID-19."


For appointments, call 833-697-4839.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


MOST RECENT

Houston Farmers Market
Houston Farmers Market announces new tenants, concepts

"The goal for food here is to bring a snapshot of the city," Underbelly's Chris Shepherd said.

Isabel Longoria
Harris County taps Isabel Longoria as final candidate for first-ever elections administrator

The position will overtake election duties from the county clerk and the tax-assessor collector.

Several named storms have brought heavy rainfall to the Houston area during the 2020 hurricane season amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
In the midst of 2020’s economic downturn, Harris County continues to consider social vulnerability when prioritizing flood mitigation projects

Zoning expert and law professor Sara Bronin explained how marginalized populations can find themselves in a “vicious cycle” when government agencies do not take steps to protect them from flooding.

Montrose Collective
Montrose Collective construction reaches topping-out milestone

The project is slated for completion by summer 2021.

Voters line up outside Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cypress on Oct. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County exceeds its previous voter turnout record before early voting ends

More than 1.3 million county residents cast ballots throughout the entire November 2016 election, but this year, that number was surpassed on Oct. 29—with one day of early voting remaining in addition to Election Day on Nov. 3.

Fat Cat Creamery
Heights-based Fat Cat Creamery expands into new location

The expansion will allow Fat Cat to also grow its wholesale business.

Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Double-edged sword: As voter turnout reaches all-time highs in Greater Houston area, so does risk of incomplete ballots

Under-votes, or votes that are never cast in a particular race, occur when voters cast incomplete ballots. They typically surge in elections with high voter turnout, said Steve Leakey, president of the Montgomery County Voter Awareness Council.

With deadline approaching, Houston police union contract takes new focus

The union contract sets salary and benefits, but also plays a role in disciplinary processes.

Harris County residents have returned approximately 163,000 mail-in ballots. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nearly 163,000 Harris County voters have submitted mail-in ballots

Early voting and mail-in ballots will be counted after polls close on Election Day.

Less than a week ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day, Cihan Varol, an associate professor with Sam Houston State University's Cyber Forensics Intelligence Center, shared insight on foreign election hacking and what it means for voters. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Sam Houston State University cyber forensics intelligence expert talks foreign election hacking ahead of Nov. 3

"There is a very slim chance that the hackers can change vote count, but they can definitely influence people to believe that they did manipulate it," Cihan Varol said. "If election fraud is going to happen, it'll be because of disinformation."

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project proposed rerouting I-45 through the East End and Fifth Ward, leaving the Pierce Elevated abandoned. (Nathan Colbert/Community Impact Newspaper)
Public comment period extended on I-45 Environmental Report

The deadline was changed by state officials at activists' and local officials' request.