Mobile testing labs provide free coronavirus testing to NYC residents
New York City laboratories are working to test residents through their mobile testing labs as long lines continue at urgent care centers.
“I’m find that I am getting calls every day—‘where are you guys, where are you guys,’” says Director of Internal Operations Zinaida Figuera. “The lines are too long so it is definitely beneficial.” Their work is done through the Cares Act, allowing anyone whether they are insured or not to get tested for free. The nonprofit mobile testing center is at a different location every day.
The mobile testing lab will be in Throggs Neck on the corner of Randall Avenue today. It will be in East Tremont tomorrow on Jennings Street.
They test around 100 people or more per day in an effort to keep residents healthy and safe.
New York City’s coronavirus positivity rate continues to rise with a seven-day rolling average of 8.26%.
The Bronx saw a positivity rate of 10.4% and Brooklyn had a rate of 8.26%.
Officials say the numbers could be misleading as less people without symptoms have been getting tested because of the long wait times. This could lead to a higher positivity rate.
New York residents are also getting tested as others are getting vaccinated.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says 88,000 residents were vaccinated in December, but he hopes to vaccinate a million residents in January.