Mayor de Blasio ramps up Testing Sites across New York
At a time were COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed across the states, New York has ramped up testing at no costs to its citizens. The Trump administration has admitted to purposely scaling back testing because it hurts his re-election campaign. He has also threatened to cut off federal funding while the virus is increasing.
Trump’s unwillingness to deal with the pandemic head on has prompted the European Union to restrict all travel coming in from the US. The outcome for America is dyer as the president continued on-slot on science and truth.
With the city now in phase 2 of reopening, Mayor de Blasio announced today that NYC Health + Hospitals will now offer free COVID-19 antibody tests at its 11 acute care facilities and select Gotham Heath sites. In a push to expand testing citywide, the City will also open new testing sites through a partnership with CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), the emergency relief nonprofit organization co-founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee, and SOMOS, with a focus on serving vulnerable communities in neighborhoods hardest hit by the virus.
“As we venture outdoors to dine and enjoy the sunshine, we can’t forget that widespread testing is still the key to reopening our city safely,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Getting a test should be simple, fast, and convenient, which is why we are bringing antibody and swab tests to the doorstep of every New Yorker—especially those in communities hardest hit by the virus.”
NYC Health + Hospitals will now offer free antibody testing for New Yorkers at its 11 acute care facilities for New Yorkers who have not had COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 tests within the past two weeks. Beginning June 29th, antibody testing will expand to 11 Gotham Community Health Center sites as well.
Tests are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM–4:00 PM on a walk-in basis. Patients will receive their testing results within 24 hours electronically via the public hospital system’s electronic health record system, MyChart. Testing is available free of charge and at no-additional cost to the patient. Patients with insurance will be asked for their insurance information, but will pay no copays.