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NEW YORK – All immunocompromised New Yorkers and those ages 65 and older can now have at-home testing for COVID-19, the NYC Test & Trace Corps announced today. At-home appointments, which have been available for close contacts getting tested for COVID since March 2021, offer no-cost testing to New Yorkers in the convenience and comfort of their homes.
“Providing at-home testing to New York City’s seniors and those with weakened immune systems who are most at risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19 will ensure these New Yorkers have a convenient testing arrangement to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Ted Long, Executive Director of the NYC Test & Trace Corps and Senior Vice President for Ambulatory Care and Population Health at NYC Health + Hospitals. “At-home testing provides people peace of mind without risk of exposure and connects them to the resources they need to be treated and stop the spread.”
Appointments for at-home testing are available seven days per week, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. New Yorkers may schedule an appointment by calling 929-298-9400.
Those who schedule an appointment will receive a molecular PCR test administered by a trained clinician in their home at no cost. Once the patient calls to request the service, the test will be performed the next day or the day following, depending on when the patient is available. Results will be returned within two days by text, e-mail, or phone.
The NYC Test & Trace Corps began offering at-home tests to contacts in select high-need zip codes in March and citywide in April. To date, the at-home testing program has administered over 25,000 tests to over 11,000 households, with a positivity rate among close contacts of 14%.