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Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has formally requested that the New York state health department establish a local COVID-19 testing site.  She says the lack of a state-run testing site within the county is putting healthcare workers, first responders and residents at great risk. 

The Putnam County Health Department is out of test kits and symptomatic residents must now travel to Westchester County, Dutchess County, Bear Mountain State Park or Danbury to get testing.  Every testing site location is providing information in a different way and it is not standardized. 

Much of the patient information is incomplete and numbers per municipality are skewed because zip codes overlap municipalities in Putnam.

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