Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and members of the Town Board announced a new partnership with ProPhase Labs to administer a new, non-invasive saliva-based, viral RT-PCR multiplex-test for students and faculty that attend and/or work at public and private schools within the Town. This new saliva-based test is proven to quickly detect and identify COVID-19 and any of its 17+ current viral mutations. ProPhase Labs has the capacity to provide test results to individuals within 24 hours from the time when one of its labs receives and accepts a specimen.
Supervisor Saladino stated, “To support school districts with the continuity of academic and athletic activities, we offer this free testing access to students and faculty. It is my hope that this service ensures that graduations, proms and homecomings can commence in a safe and successful way. By working together, we can and will overcome this disease and bring normalcy back to the everyday lives of our children and families.”
On Tuesday, April 20th, the Oyster Bay Town Board awarded a competitively bid contract to Pro-Phase Labs so that a greater number of residents have access to accurate and reliable COVID-19 testing, including fast turnaround times. With laboratories in both Garden City, NY and Old Bridge, NJ, ProPhase Labs has the capacity to provide test results to individuals within 24 hours from the time when one of its labs receives and accepts a specimen. In the coming weeks, the Town and ProPhase Labs anticipate an expansion of testing access to the general public.
“We are incredibly happy to partner with Supervisor Saladino and the Town in their tremendous efforts to combat this virus and get residents back to ‘normal life’,” said Ted Karkus CEO of ProPhase Labs. “The Town of Oyster Bay joins the growing list of healthcare providers, organizations and municipalities that have selected ProPhase Labs for their COVID-19 testing needs. Our fast turnaround times and dependable testing solutions continue to be reasons why ProPhase Labs is selected as a testing partner.”
Testing will be administered at the Hicksville Community Center, located at 28 W. Carl Street in Hicksville. To pre-register for an appointment please visit www.oysterbaytown.com/testing. If a school requires on-site large-scale testing for a graduation ceremony, prom, homecoming or other such event, they must provide 36 hour-notice to the Town by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that capacity levels can be increased to accommodate both students and their families.
About ProPhase Labs
ProPhase Labs is a diversified medical science and technology company. The Company’s laboratory testing subsidiary, ProPhase Diagnostics, offers SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and COVID-19 viral mutation PCR tests through both saliva and nasal swab methods at its CLIA certified laboratories. ProPhase Diagnostics also provides Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP) Molecular tests including Influenza A and B and others. For more information, visit www.ProPhaseLabs.com.