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Find a Coronavirus Testing Site Near You

Oct 14, 2020

We are partnering with New York City in the COVID-19 fight to help keep our members and communities safe. Fighting COVID-19 requires that each of us gets tested often, even if we have no symptoms. Free and convenient testing sites for COVID-19 are available (many on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary).

  • Click here to find a community testing site near you.
  • For additional testing sites (including those outside NYC) click here.

Why Regular Testing?

All New Yorkers should get tested now, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk. Even if you do not have symptoms, you may be infected with COVID-19 and could spread it to others. With regular testing, you will know sooner if you need to isolate to reduce the chances of infecting your friends, family, or co-workers. Knowing if you are infected can also mean getting early treatment, which can reduce the severity and the risk of the disease.

Get Tested Immediately if You:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, a sudden loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath
  • Plan to visit someone who may be at-risk of severe COVID-19 if they get infected, such as a parent, grandparent, or someone with a compromised immune system.

How often should I get tested?

If your first COVID test is negative, you should get tested again if you:

  • are concerned about possible exposure
  • have spent time in a large crowd
  • have had exposure to someone with confirmed or possible COVID-19
  • have symptoms
  • work in a congregate setting like a nursing home or shelter or are planning to visit someone at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness

Will I be at-risk for contracting COVID-19 by going to a COVID-19 testing site?

All COVID-19 testing sites are taking precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, specifically:

  • Testing sites, including areas for waiting in line, are socially distanced, with individuals standing at least 6 feet apart
  • All individuals seeking testing and working at the site must wear a mask at all times. Masks are available for anyone who arrives without a mask
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the site
  • Surfaces and equipment are regularly cleaned and sanitized
  • Site staff wear all necessary personal protective equipment at all times

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive, you'll receive a call from a NYC Test & Trace Corp member who will:

  • Determine if you need more medical attention
  • Help you arrange to isolate at home or at a free hotel
  • Create a list of everyone you had contact with since shortly before the onset of symptoms

You should stay home until all the following have happened:

  • 10 days have passed since symptoms started
  • Fever has resolved for at least 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medicine
  • All other symptoms have improved

What if I cannot safely separate from others at home?

If you have COVID-19 or live with someone who does and cannot safely separate at home, you may be able to stay in a hotel for free for up to 14 days. Information about the NYC COVID-19 hotel program is available at nychealthandhospitals.org/test-and-trace/take-care or call 1-212-COVID19 (1-212-268-4319) to book a room.