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 10-14, mobile units will be available:

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

Edenwald Community Center
1150 E 229th Street
Bronx, NY 10466

Throggs Neck Senior Center
680 Balcom Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465

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

Kings Church of Christ (Brownsville)
361 Rockaway Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11212

Islamic Cultural Center
222 East 97th Street
New York, NY 10128

Jefferson Houses
2205 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Queens Public Library at Flushing
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

Seventh Day Adventist Community Service Complex
41-26 58th Street
Queens, NY 11377

South Beach
160 Lamport Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10305

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