THE BRONX — For the first time, New York City is introducing a 15-minute COVID-19 test as part of a test and trace pilot program in the Bronx.
Several Bronx pop-up testing sites are now open across the borough, with more to open next week across the city with rapid testing. On East 182nd Street and Valentine Avenue, medical professionals were on the sidewalk testing Bronx families for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For the first time, results are available in less than 15 minutes.
The city's Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot says the new rapid testing can show a positive COVID-19 result in minutes. There’s been controversy about its accuracy, but Barbot says the initial test result is then taken to a lab to be re-tested to confirm and double check results in two to three days. The past concerns with the rapid tests were about false negatives.
Barbot says she urges anyone who gets a negative test result to continue to follow precautions.
“Even though there are relatively few people being tested in the Tremont area, we have a high positivity rate,” said Barbot.
Even though the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is falling across the city, the Bronx still has the highest amount of death rates and hospitalizations in the city.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says it’s not his first COVID-19 test, but he got tested again Tuesday, just in case.
“It's free and don’t have to give too much information. We can combat this enemy,” said Diaz.
City officials say the goal is to test at least 2,500 people across Tremont over the next two weeks. Also, $10 million is being given to community organizations to help with outreach and testing.
“Let’s look at Texas and Florida as cautionary tales. They said mission accomplished. We have to learn from their mistakes,” said NYC Councilmember Ritchie Torres.
Here are a list of testing sites:
St. Simon Stock Church
2191 Valentine Avenue
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Note this site will be available until 7/22
H+H Community Health Center
4006 3rd Avenue
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week.
Note this site will provide testing until 7/19
St. Barnabas Hospital (by appointment)
4487 3rd Avenue
Monday - Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
To get a COVID test, call 718-960-3730 for an appointment; responders are bi-lingual; all individuals entering the ambulatory site should wear a face covering.
BronxCare Testing Site
1650 Grand Concourse
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
For appointments, call 718-99-BRONX (718-992-7669).
Mobile Testing Sites
North Entrance, between East Burnside and Valentine Avenues
Mon-Fri: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dates: July 6-10
2263 Crotona Avenue
Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dates: July 8-10
Mon-Tues 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dates: July 13 and 14
The city will also open new COVID-19 pop up sites in the coming days:
Red Hook, Brooklyn
151 Bay Street
Co-Op City, Bronx
105 Drieser Loop
Multiple mobile locations in Manhattan will also be announced next week.
New Yorkers looking to get tested should text COVID TEST to 855-48 or visit the city's website.