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Company eyes COVID-19 testing site on Route 9 in Hadleyt

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Staff Writer
Monday, January 17, 2022

HADLEY — A national organization is looking to bring a COVID-19 testing site to the Route 9 corridor.

Ravinia Health, with headquarters in Park Ridge, Illinois, is interested in locating an office inside a building at 216A Russell St.

The site would be one of a growing number across the country where two employees would collect self-administered PCR testing kits that, at day’s end, are sent to a laboratory, with results for patients available in 48 to 72 hours.

Ravinia Health already has a number of drive-thru and walk-in locations across the United States, offering testing between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays, with no appointments necessary or insurance required.

Planning Board members expressed concerns about the location being overwhelmed at times with people seeking tests and stopped short of granting a waiver of site plan approval. 

Before giving the go ahead to the plans, Ravinia Health may have to address how it will mitigate traffic at peak times, with the possibility that vehicles may be able to park at the neighboring Auto Express site.

“We need a little more detail about what kind of traffic impact you’re expecting here,” said Clerk William Dwyer.

Board member Mark Dunn said he wants to make sure the company has the ability to mitigate traffic during surges in infection and at other popular times, such as before holidays.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.