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 August 3-7, mobile units will be available:

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

St. Mary's Park
645 and 665 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455

Throggs Neck Senior Center
2770 Dewey Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465

Bushwick/Hylan Senior Center
44 Humboldt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Glenwood Houses
5901 Ralph Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11236

Lehman Senior Center
1589 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Mount Pleasant Community Church
2009 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
New York, NY 10027

Rockaway Ferry Landing
11102 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

Richmond Terrace
71 Jersey Street
Staten Island, NY 10301

Staten Island Mall
2655 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314

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