Yonkers steps up fight against virus, requests mobile testing facility

The city council unanimously approved four measures during an emergency meeting on Thursday.

News 12 Staff

Apr 9, 2020, 9:33 PM

Updated 1,504 days ago

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The fight against the coronavirus crisis in Yonkers is intensifying with new measures, including a push for a mobile testing site in the city.
The city of Yonkers is in full battle mode as the city council unanimously approved four measures during an emergency meeting on Thursday.
The first is to mandate all public housing common areas must be sanitized at least once a day.
The second allows people to delay paying their county taxes until May 11 without interest or penalty.
City park equipment will be sanitized regularly.
And they will push the county and the state to install a mobile coronavirus testing facility in South Yonkers.
Minorities have been hit the hardest by coronavirus, so having a test site in south Yonkers, home to a large minority population, may help prevent the spread of the virus.
Vasco Meireles is a Yonkers native who says the creation of a mobile testing site in the city is long overdue. "There's an old saying, better late than never, but it should have been done a long time ago.”
Resident Carlos Melendez is happy for the changes. "Hopefully we can find out where the main areas are, getting hit the hardest.  We can help them, cause this is devastating everybody's on shaky ground."
The actual location of the site has not been determined.
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