Hundreds in Hoosick Falls wait patiently for PFOA blood test results

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s been two months since people in Hoosick Falls had their blood drawn for testing, and they are still waiting for the results.

The New York State Health Department began offering blood testing at the Armory in Hoosick Falls on February 12. Hundreds of people signed up for the testing, which will determine the level of the hazardous chemical PFOA in their blood.

PFOA was found in private wells and the village drinking water.

Studies have determined that most Americans have some level of PFOA in their blood from household products and other products with PFOA. However, health officials said it is most likely there will be a high level of PFOA in the blood if there is a high level of PFOA in the water.

“It’s very frustrating,” Amy Breese, of Hoosick, said. “It’s incredibly frustrating. We’ve been waiting a long time.”

Breese said it’s been two months since she had her blood drawn at the Armory in Hoosick Falls. She was one of the first people to have testing done. But now she waits to find out what level of PFOA is in her blood.

The New York State Department of Health is in charge of the blood testing.

“I’ve called a couple of times, and they’ve stated that they’re, you know, going to be in the mail within the next few weeks,” Breese said. “But I feel at this point, two months is up. And, you know, I’m not a medical expert, but I know that they must have those blood test results by now, and we as the public deserve to see what those results are.”

Joe Ryan, of Hoosick Falls, said he had his blood taken about six weeks ago, and he still hasn’t received his results.

“Just for knowledge, you know, of knowing how I compare to the rest of the citizens,” he said.

“Having the results would give give us an opportunity to speak with our own physicians about what those results say and what they mean going forward,” Breese said.

When people receive this results, there is no medicine that can reduce the level of PFOA in the blood. But regardless, those like Breese still want their results.

“Speculation. Maybe the results are really high, and so they’re trying to figure out how to spin this in order to tell people so that everyone isn’t freaking out,” Breese said. “But at this point, it doesn’t matter. We still have the right to the results. I think they need to step up to the plate and tell us what our blood results are.”

NEWS10 ABC called multiple contacts at the state health department and sent an e-mail to the NYSDOH press as instructed. A response was not given by news time.

James Plastiras with the New York State Department of Health sent the following statement to NEWS10 after news time:

We have told residents, from the start, that it would take 2 to 3 months to get the results back because PFOA testing is very different and much more complicated than a regular blood test for cholesterol, etc, that you would take at your doctors’ office. Analyzing the results is more time consuming. We will have a person at the meeting to answer questions from the residents.

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