The last day for the state-sponsored drive-thru test site on Park Street was Friday, according to a press release from Phillip Rau, a spokesperson for the Malone hospital. Evan Wheaton/Malone Telegram

MALONE — The state-sponsored COVID-19 testing program, at Alice Hyde Medical Center, concluded Friday.

The medical center’s drive-thru test site on Park Street will no longer offer state-sponsored COVID tests as the state ends the free testing program, according to a press release from Phillip Rau, a spokesperson for the Malone hospital.

As of Saturday, anyone seeking a COVID-19 test at the Park Street drive-thru location, should have an order from their health care provider, according to Rau’s press release, which states patients’ insurance will be billed and they may be responsible to cover a co-pay charge.

According to Rau’s press release, test results will be received through the office of each patient’s primary care provider, adding it is important individuals bring their health insurance cards to future tests.

In addition to provider-ordered COVID-19 testing, the Malone hospital will continue to test for pre-procedure and surgical patients, according to Rau’s press release, which states the site will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., all week.

Free COVID-19 testing, sponsored by the state, was made available to the public as part of the state’s pandemic-related emergency orders, which began in March 2020 and expired on Thursday, June 24, according to Rau’s press release.

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