COVID-19 Testing

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a severe respiratory syndrome and infectious disease. Its symptoms include but are not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell. However, not all people have symptoms when they have COVID-19.

What does the COVID-19 test consist of?

The COVID-19 diagnostic test is safe, free, and easy. A nasal swab, oral swab or saliva sample may be used.

Who can get tested?

All New Yorkers should get tested now, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk.

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 are planning to visit someone at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness

How long do results take?

Most results are returned in about 3-5 days.

Do I need insurance?

You do NOT need insurance to get a diagnostic test.


Your test results are confidential.

Where can I get tested?

There are hundreds of convenient testing sites across the city, as well as mobile testing units visiting different locations throughout the five boroughs.

For the week of September 21 - 25, mobile units will be available:

  • Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
  • Note: Availability is subject to change due to inclement weather.

Sedgwick Houses
162 West 174th Street
Bronx, NY 10453

Soundview Park
Corner of Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue
Bronx, NY 10473

Throggs Neck Senior Center
680 Balcom Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465

Christian Fellowship SDA Church
777 Schenectady Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Gravesend Park
5618 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11204

Sheepshead Bay/Nostrand Houses
2953 Avenue W
Brooklyn, NY 11229

Highbridge Park - Raoul Wallenberg Playground
Corner of 189th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10040

Meltzer Senior Center
94 East 1st Street
New York, NY 10009

O'Donohue Park
9 Beach 17th Street
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

New Life Community Health Center
82-10 Queens Boulevard
Elmhurst, NY 11373

Ozone Park Library
7 days a week, 9/18 - 10/2, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
92-24 Rockaway Boulevard
Ozone Park, NY 11417

South Jamaica Houses
106-62 160th Street
Jamaica, NY 11433

St. George's Ferry Terminal, Ramp E
1 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301

Todt Hill Houses
275 Westwood Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314

To find a testing site near you, type your zip code into the below.