• Community-Based Testing Resources for Students and Parents in Erie County

    Updated by ECDOH: October 20, 2021


    If your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and you are seeking a negative test result so that they can return to school, you have several community-based testing options.

    Before you get started, please note the following:

    • There are three ways a student can return to school after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:
      • 1) provide a negative NAAT (PCR) test, OR
      • 2) provide a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis, OR
      • 3) stay out of school for 10 days since the onset of

    These apply to all symptomatic students, regardless of vaccination status. Note: a PCR test is a type of NAAT test.

    • When symptomatic and testing to return to school, the test performed must be an FDA-approved NAAT COVID-19 test (PCR Tests are approved NAAT tests). Your child’s school will not accept the results of a non-NAAT test, and antibody test, or any at-home test.
    • If you choose to provide a negative NAAT test to return to school, then you do not need a doctor’s note. Just keep in mind that in addition to the negative test, your child must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and showing symptom
    • If your child is symptomatic and receives multiple tests and one of those tests comes back negative while another comes back positive, you child will be treated as a
    • If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and becomes symptomatic, they do not need a negative NAAT test, a doctor’s note with alternative diagnosis, or staying out for 10 days since onset of symptoms to return to school. They should remain out of school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and show symptom improvement.

    This document includes community-based testing options within Erie County that offer NAAT COVID-19 tests and are either free or accept health insurance. If your child does not have health insurance, please call this toll- free number 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543), and ask about Child Health Plus and Children's Medicaid.

    You can also visit https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/child_health_plus/


    FREE TESTING SITES:

    ****test result times are subject to vary based on volume

    Erie County Department of Health – testing locations across Erie County

    • Call 716-858-2929 to schedule an appointment
    • Appointments required
    • All testing is provided free of charge
    • Available to Erie County residents only
    • No insurance information is requested or required
    • Drive up sample collection
    • PCR testing resulted in 1-3 business days
    • Results reported by phone to patient; fax to school medical office; or pick up by patient at Erie County Rath Building

    Rite Aid – 34 testing locations across Erie County

    • Go to https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing to schedule an appointment
    • All testing is provided free of charge
      • No insurance information is requested at time of registration
      • Rite Aid will automatically pull from federal grant funding via Health and Human Services (HHS)
    • Sample collection is done at drive-thru
    • PCR testing resulted in 3-5 days
    • Results reported to patient via email address that was provided at time of registration

    Walgreens – 20 testing locations across Erie County

    • Go to https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing?ban=covid_vanity_testing and select “Get Started”
    • All testing is provided free of charge
    • Insurance information is requested at time of registration
      • If you do not provide your insurance information, you will not see a bill. Walgreens will automatically pull from federal grant funding via Health and Human Services (HHS).
    • Sample collection is done at drive-thru
    • PCR testing resulted in 1-2 days
    • Results reported to patient via email address that was provided at time of registration

    TESTING SITES THAT ARE NOT FREE

    KSL Diagnostics – 2 testing locations in Erie County & multiple collection sites (https://www.ksldx.com/locations)

    • Go to https://gsign.me/eyo or scan the QR code to register
    • Insurance information must be provided as not to incur charges
      • If you do not provide insurance information, you will be responsible for the cost of your child’s test
      • No insurance information is requested at time of registration
      • Once you arrive at the location, you will be asked to provide insurance information. KSL Diagnostics will bill your insurance for reimbursement.
    • Call your pediatrician and ask them to fax a script to your desired testing location
      • If using 1000 Youngs Road, Williamsville, NY 14221 then fax to 716-559-1582
      • If using 28 Best Street, Buffalo, NY 14209 then fax to 716-800-6057
    • A prescription for testing is preferred but not required; if you do not have a prescription, testing is still available
    • No appointment is necessary
    • Sample collection is done as drive-up
    • PCR testing resulted same-day if collected before 1:00 pm
    • Results reported to patient via email

    KSL Diagnostics – 2 testing locations in Erie County

    • Go to https://gsign.me/eyo or scan the QR code to register
    • Insurance information must be provided as not to incur charges
    • If you do not provide insurance information, you will be responsible for the cost of your child’s test
    • No insurance information is requested at time of registration
    • Once you arrive at the location, you will be asked to provide insurance information. KSL Diagnostics will bill your insurance for reimbursement
    • Call your pediatrician and ask them to fax a script to your desired testing location
      • If using 1000 Youngs Road, Williamsville, NY 14221 then fax to 716-559-1582
      • If using 28 Best Street, Buffalo, NY 14209 then fax to 716-800-6057
    • A prescription for testing is preferred but not required; if you do not have a prescription, testing is still available
    • No appointment is necessary
    • Sample collection is done as drive-up
    • PCR testing resulted same-day if collected before 1:00 pm
    • Results reported to patient via email

    Medlab, Inc. – 1 location in Erie County

    • Go to https://medlabinc.com/schedule/ to schedule an appointment
    • All testing is provided free of charge
      • No insurance information is requested at time of registration
      • Once you arrive at the location, you will be asked to provide insurance information. If you provide insurance information, Medlab, Inc. will first seek to bill your insurance for reimbursement. If it is denied for any reason, you will not see a bill. Medlab, Inc. will automatically pull from funding via Health and Human Services (HHS).
      • If you do not provide your insurance information, you will not see a bill. Medlab, Inc. will automatically pull from funding via Health and Human Services (HHS).
    • Sample collection is done as walk-up
    • PCR testing resulted same-day if you are tested in the morning and next day if you are tested in the afternoon
    • No prescription required
    • Results reported to patient via patient portal

    Urgent Care Centers: Immediate Care, WellNow, Pediatric Urgent Care

    • It’s important to contact your insurance carrier to learn about your coverage details before making an appointment at these facilities. While they accept insurances (check to see that yours is accepted), allowable reimbursements vary and copays may
    • Insurances are accepted and will be billed, any remaining balance will be billed to the patient
    • Make an appointment online or walk-in
    • PCR testing is provided but may require an office visit fee as well
    • Test result times vary but can be same-day
    • Results reported to patient via phone call and patient portal

    New York State Department of Health searchable map – Find a Test Site Near You

    These COVID-19 test locations are provided based on information from their web sites. This information is subject to change.


    Rite Aid Testing Sites – www.riteaid.com

    • 13090 Broadway, Alden, NY 14004
    • 12983 Main St, Akron, NY 14001
    • 3249 Sheridan Dr, Amherst, NY 14226
    • 3924 Harlem Rd, Amherst, NY 14226
    • 8530 Transit Rd, Amherst, NY 14221
    • 9062 Erie Rd, Angola, NY 14006
    • 1625 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212
    • 1941 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210
    • 476 William St, Buffalo, NY 14206
    • 1410 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209
    • 2047 Sheridan Dr, Buffalo, NY 14223
    • 789 Tonawanda St, Buffalo, NY 14207
    • 2865 Elmwood Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217
    • 654 Colvin Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217
    • 2585 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214 291 W Ferry St, Buffalo, NY 14213 2474 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215
    • 5447 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
    • 2401 Genesee St, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    • 2887 Harlem Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    • 3950 Union Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    • 6000 Transit Rd, Depew, NY 14043
    • 4900 Broadway, Depew, NY 14043
    • 60 Central Ave, Lancaster, NY 14086
    • 9160 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031 190 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052
    • 3071-3085 South Park Ave, Lackawanna, NY 14218 3050 Union Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127
    • 140 Pine St, Hamburg, NY 14075
    • 6939 Erie Rd, Derby, NY 14047
    • 40 W Main St, Springville, NY 14141 81 W Main St, Gowanda, NY 14070
    • 214 Central Ave, Silver Creek, NY 14136 47 Niagara St, Tonawanda, NY 14150

    Walgreens Testing Sites – www.walgreens.com

    • 9217 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031
    • 5275 Transit Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221
    • 2970 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14228 3564 Delaware Ave, Tonawanda, NY 14217
    • 2601 Sheridan Dr, Tonawanda, NY 14150
    • 3605 Sheridan Dr, Amherst, NY 14226
    • 2739 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217
    • 1556 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
    • 3488 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214
    • 2043 Kensington Ave, Amherst, NY 14226
    • 578 Dick Rd, Depew, NY 14043
    • 4815 Broadway, Depew, NY 14043
    • 815 Harlem Rd, West Seneca, NY 14224 1180 French Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227
    • 1328 Abbott Rd, Lackawanna, NY 14218 3008 Union Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127 6199 South Park Ave, Hamburg, NY 14075 10 Young Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150
    • 650 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202
    • 2320 Grand Island Blvd, Grand Island, NY 14072

    KSL Diagnostics Testing Sites

    • 1000 Youngs Road, Williamsville, NY 14221, 800-
    • 960-1080, FAX 716-559-1582
    • 28 Best Street, Buffalo, NY 14209, 800-960-1080,
    • FAX 716-800-6057

    Medlab, Inc. Testing Site

    • 4110 N Buffalo St, Orchard Park, NY 14127, 716-320-3001

    Immediate Care Testing Sites

    • 2099 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14228, 716- 564-2273
    • 2497 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216, 716-874- 2273
    • 5014 Transit Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14043, 716- 684-2273
    • 3050 Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park, NY 14224, 716-675-3700
    • 7616 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY 14221, 716- 204-2273

    WellNow Testing Sites

    • 1956 Ridge Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
    • 3245 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY 14127 4909 Southwestern Blvd, Hamburg, NY 14075
    • 4827 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043
    • 3450 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    • 3921 Harlem Rd, Buffalo, NY 14226
    • 1751 Sheridan Dr, Buffalo, NY 14223 5965 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY 14051 225 S Cascade Dr, Springville, NY 14141

    Pediatric Urgent Care Testing Sites

    • 1800 Maple Road, Suite #100, Williamsville, NY 14221, 716-636-5437
    • 3055 Southwestern Blvd., Suite 104, Orchard Park, NY 14127, 716-636-5437