More coronavirus mobile testing sites are popping up across the tri-state area as the Senate approved an aid bill that will make the tests free, as well as ensuring paid emergency leave for those who are infected or caring for sick loved ones.
While more tests becoming available after the FDA authorized the states to begin their own testings in public and private labs and after the Trump administration declared a national emergency, not everyone who wants to get tested will be because there are not enough resources.
Currently, the tests at some drive-thru facilities in the tri-state take about 15 minutes each and individuals will get their results in 2-3 days. People who are at higher risk of contracting the disease, such as seniors and those who are immunocompromised, will also be prioritized.
How to Get a Coronavirus Test
Who Can Get Tested?
As of Monday, March 23, the state of New York has changed how it chooses to test people.
Previously, in order to see if you have COVID-19, your healthcare provider will have to make an appointment for you or you needed to call the state's coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to see if you're meet the requirements.
But now, tests are reserved for people who need to be hospitalized for severe illness like pneumonia. "Unless you are hospitalized and a diagnosis will impact your care, you will not be tested," the New York State Department of Health said.
Tracking Coronavirus in Tri-State
Where Are the Testing Facilities?
New York City: There are multiple testing centers at hospitals throughout the city, as well as seven community-based health clinics and four drive-thru test sites. The tests are done by appointment only, and as of Monday, March 23, NYC Health + Hospitals are no longer testing patients for COVID-19 who do not require hospitalization.
The hospitals anticipate hosting as many as 150 people at each of the locations, plus as many as 75 at the clinics. The drive-thru locations can serve 100 people per day.
Hospitals: Bellevue Hospital (Manhattan), Elmhurst Hospital (Queens), Harlem Hospital (Manhattan), Metropolitan Hospital Center (Manhattan), Kings County Hospital (Brooklyn), Lincoln Hospital (Bronx), Queens Hospital Center (Queens) and Woodhull Hospital (Brooklyn).
Neighborhood Health and Medical Clinics: Morrisania (Bronx), Belvis (Bronx), Cumberland (Brooklyn), East New York (Brooklyn), Gouveneur (Manhattan), Sydenham (Manhattan) and Vanderbilt (Staten Island). There are also three walk-in facilities at health care centers in South Bronx; Jamaica, Queens; and Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Drive-Thru Testing Sites: Jacobi Hospital (Bronx), Coney Island Hospital (Brooklyn), Queens Hospital Center (Queens), Kings County Hospital (Brooklyn), Sears Parking Lot (Flatbush, Brooklyn), Club House at Aqueduct Race Track Parking Lot (Queens)
Rep. Max Rose also said a drive-thru testing opened on Staten Island on March 19, at 777 Seaview Ave.
Westchester County: The first drive-thru testing facility in New York is located in the middle of Glen Island Park in New Rochelle.
It opened last week in the New York City suburb where a 1-mile radium containment zone is in place after a lawyer in his 50s with COVID-19, whose condition has now improved, was believed to have spread the disease to several others.
Albany County: A testing center will be built in a parking lot at the State University of New York at Albany, in partnership with Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Health Partners and the university. Individuals among the highest risk population will be given priority. Testing will be by appointment only and all patients must be in a vehicle. The site will open April 6, and will operate Monday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dutchess County: A collection site was announced to open Monday, March 23 at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill. Samples will be collected and tested off-site, health officials said.
Nassau County: Drive-thru testing started Tuesday, March 17, at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center in Jones Beach. Equipment and healthcare workers are set up under white tents in the parking lot.
In Manhasset, a drive-up COVID-19 testing site for pediatric patients opened on April 1, according to PM Pediatrics. It's located at 1457 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY 11030.
Suffolk County: Stony Brook University became the home of another mobile testing site on Wednesday, March 18. It has six lanes to accommodate up to 1,000 tests per day and it will be opened 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to Congressman Lee Zeldin.
Rockland/Orange County: Another testing site is opening at the Anthony Wayne State Park just off the Palisades Interstate Parkway near the border of the two counties.
Ultser County: Pre-screened people will be able to provide testing samples at a drive-thru facility at Tech City in Kingston. Specimen testing will be done off-site and results will not be immediately available, health officials said.
Gov. Phil Murphy says the state's testing capacity is getting expanded with the Federal Emergency Management Agency having picked the Garden State as one of the initial 12 states to assist in drive-thru testing. To be eligible for testing at one of the facilities, individuals must be current New Jersey residents and experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, with priority given to those with a cough, fever or shortness of breath.
The testing sites in Bergen and Monmouth County, at Bergen Community College and the PNC Bank Arts Center, will now reserve testing on Saturdays for health care workers and first responders, Gov. Murphy announced. The change in practice begins March 28.
Find the most up-to-date information on New Jersey testing centers here.
Bergen County: The first drive-thru testing facility will open Friday, March 20, at Bergen Community College in Paramus, according to Murphy. The testing center will be open 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. every day.
Burlington County: Residents of Burlington County can seek testing, by appointment only through primary care physicians, at the Emergency Training Services Center in Westampton.
Essex County: Residents of Essex County with an appointment will be able to get COVID-19 testing done at a site set up in Weequahic Park starting March 26. The site will be open again on Saturday, then next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Testing will be conducted only on residents showing symptoms, and will be done as long as supplies are still available.
Hudson County: Hudson Regional Hospital is offering by-appointment drive-thru testing at 55 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus. There are also plans to set up another testing center in Weehawken, according to a release from the town's mayor asking for volunteers.
In Jersey City, two COVID-19 testing sites opened to prioritize essential workers. A walk-up site is opened at JC Fire Headquarters at 465 Marin Blvd, and a drive-up site is opened at Former DPW Complex at 575 NJ-440. Appointments are required. Patients are asked to call 201-547-5535 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monmouth County: The PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel is the latest site selected for a drive-thru testing site, the governor announced Sunday. The site will open daily at 8 a.m. until supplies last. Testing will be prioritized for people experiencing symptoms of respiratory illnesses and flu-like symptoms.
Middlesex County: In News Brunsrick, a drive-up COVID-19 testing site for pediatric patients opened on April 1, according to PM Pediatrics. It's located at 2421 U.S. Route 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902.
Morris County: Another site for pediatric patients is at 562 NJ-23 in Pompton Plains.
Orange County: Plans are being completed for a testing sit at Ocean County in Toms River for residents showing symptoms of coronavirus. The site will be able to test about 180 people per day, with residents staying inside their cars while medical personnel perform a nasal swab
Passaic County: William Paterson University has opened its grounds to a testing center for residents in the county. People seeking testing can enter through the entrance on Hamburg Turnpike and University Boulevard.
Union County: The County of Union will open a testing facility at Kean University for residents, first responders and county workers on Monday.
Several hospitals across the state began offering drive-thru testing this week and more are expected to be added, NBC Connecticut reports.
Residents will also need an appointment to visit any of the following locations:
- Bridgeport Hospital
- Bristol Health -- coronavirus hotline: 860.261.6855.
- Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington
- Danbury Hospital
- Greenwich Hospital
- Griffin Hospital in Derby. The health hotline is 203-204-1053. If you need to get tested, call 203-437-6815.
- Hartford Hospital
- Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London
- Manchester Memorial Hospital
- Mid-State Medical Center in Meriden
- Norwalk Hospital
- Rockville General Hospital in Vernon
- Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford
- Saint Mary’s Hospital in (Waterbury
- St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport
- Stamford Hospital, for information on COVID-19, call 203-276-4111 seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- UConn John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. The COVID-19 Call Center is 860-679-3199 and it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Waterbury Hospital
- William H. Backus Hospital in Norwich
- Yale-New Haven Hospital
Gov. Ned Lamont also said that CVS Pharmacy will be setting up testing sites in Stamford and New Haven during the week of April 12.