Getting tested for COVID-19 is as important as ever, and New York City has many sites that offer COVID-19 testing at no cost to you, including NYC Health + Hospitals and our mobile Test & Treat fleet. Additionally, you can pick-up at-home tests for free at any one of our partner distribution sites.
Use the City’s COVID-19 Test Site Finder to find a no-cost, City-run site most convenient to you, including a search filter to find the NYC Test & Treat Corps’ mobile Test-to-Treat units and free at-home test distribution sites.
All New Yorkers Should Get Tested
NYC Health + Hospitals and the NYC Test & Treat Corps offer testing at hospitals and mobile Test to Treat units and free at-home test distributions at libraries, cultural centers, recreation centers and NYC Parks facilities across the five boroughs. Just walk in – no appointment needed!
If you took a PCR test at an NYC Health + Hospitals location or Mobile Test to Treat site, your result will be available in 24 to 72 hours.
Tests Are No Cost to You
COVID-19 tests are available at no cost to you. Remember, you do not need health insurance to get a COVID-19 test at an NYC Health + Hospitals location or mobile Test to Treat site.
NYC Health + Hospitals and mobile Test to Treat testing sites will never ask about immigration status.
- If you’re using at-home test kits, check out the NYC Health Department COVID-19: Testing page for tips, instructional videos and information on how to get free tests. Then visit the NYC Test & Treat COVID-19 Resource page for important information on what to do based on your results, or try out our COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance Tool.
- You can also use our handy “Tips for Performing an At-Home Test” guide
Other Testing Options
- Text “COVID TEST” to 855-48 to find a no-cost testing site near you
- Make an appointment for a no-cost rapid test at an NYC Health Department COVID Express site
- Call the NYC Test & Treat Corps Hotline at 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) and press 1 after selecting your language
- Speak with your health care provider
- If you do not have a health care provider, you can call NYC Health + Hospitals at 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) or 311 for help finding one. You can also schedule a virtual visit with an NYC Health + Hospitals provider by visiting ExpressCare and clicking on “Talk to a Doctor Now,” or by calling the NYC Test & Treat Corps Hotline at 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) and pressing 2 after selecting your language.
While You Wait for Results
You’ll generally receive test results in 24 to 72 hours if you got tested at an NYC Health + Hospitals location. Results may take longer at other sites.
While you wait for results, it’s important to continue taking all the necessary steps to protect yourself and others:
- Stay home if sick – Only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands.
- Keep physical distance – Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
- Wear a mask – You can be contagious without symptoms. Protect those around you by wearing a well-fitting mask.
- Keep your hands clean – Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
If You Test Positive
If you test positive, we want to make sure you know what to do next — how long to isolate, notifying close contacts and more. You can find this information in the What to do if you test positive section of our COVID-19 Resources page. Or you can try out our COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance Tool for personalized guidance. After you answer a few short questions, the tool will let you know what isolation guidance you should follow based on your specific circumstances, such as whether or not you have symptoms.
New Yorkers may now present proof of a positive test — including at-home test results and test results from any external testing provider — at all mobile Test to Treat units to be evaluated for and prescribed COVID treatments on site.
Test results must be from within the past 5 days, and patients will be pre-screened for symptoms to determine their eligibility for treatment. Learn more.