What's the new problem? The new problem is we have more sites and more testing capacity than we're using. We have drive-in sites that can do 15,000 per day. We're doing about 5,000 per day. The more tests, the better for the state, the better for society, the better for your family, the better for you.
Who can get a test today? Any individual who thinks they have a Covid symptom: coughing, sneezing, fever, chest pain - Covid symptoms are basically like flu symptoms. You lose your sense of smell. You lose your sense of taste. That's a symptom of Covid.
Any individual who has had contact with a person who you find out had Covid. You get that phone call. "I was with you last night at a party; turns out I tested positive for Covid." You now qualify for a test. Any individual who is on quarantine, precautionary or mandatory, any healthcare worker, any nursing homeworker, any first responder can go for a test today. Any essential worker who interacts with the public. Food delivery personnel, person working in a retail store, they're all eligible and we're increasing it today. Any individual who would return to work in Phase 1, construction, manufacturing, curbside retail.
All you have to do is go to a website, find the testing site near you, and get a test. And it is a fast and easy thing to do. We just don't have enough New Yorkers coming to be tested.
Back to COVID-19: NYC Resources
This page © 2020 Barry Drogin