About the NYC Test & Treat Corps
The NYC Test & Treat Corps, formerly the NYC Test & Trace Corps, was the City’s comprehensive effort to connect all New Yorkers with the critical tools for COVID-19 testing, treatment, vaccination and guidance. In its three years of dedicated service responding to the COVID-19 emergency the Corps provided New Yorkers convenient, widespread access to free testing and vaccination, rapid connections to treatment, and resources for Long COVID.
The Corps led the largest municipal testing and contact tracing program in the country, creating lasting innovations in how New Yorkers can access healthcare and becoming a leader in what localities can do to identify and break chains of transmission. The effort met New Yorkers where they are with the support they needed to combat the virus, saving tens of thousands of lives and preventing thousands of serious infections. The response prioritized neighborhoods in New York City most impacted by the earliest wave of COVID-19.
As new tools to fight COVID-19 became available, the Corps evolved to ensure New Yorkers could readily access them. The Corps created a comprehensive COVID-19 hotline for New Yorkers to access health information, emergency telehealth, hoteling resources, take care packages, treatment and be connected to services for Long COVID. The Corps operated an extensive mobile vaccination effort that partnered with schools, CBOs, and houses of worship to bring life-saving vaccines to all New York City communities. Finally, the Corps also launched the nation’s first mobile Test and Treat program, building a city-wide, community-driven network of hundreds of walk-up sites for New Yorkers to pick up at-home tests.
Learn more about the history and evolution of the NYC Test & Treat Corps.
In May 2023, the Corps transitioned emergency-level operations to NYC Health + Hospitals’ facilities and community-based outpatient care centers, ensuring New Yorkers can continue to access COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination through the city’s public health system.
For more information, please visit NYC Health + Hospitals’ COVID-19 Services.
Timeline of the NYC Test & Treat Corps
January 31, 2020
The Federal Government determines COVID-19 is a nationwide Public Health Emergency
March 1, 2020
The first case of COVID-19 is confirmed in New York State
March 16, 2020
New York City shuts down in person attendance of public schools
May 6, 2020
June 1, 2020
Test & Trace launches its Take Care initiative to help New Yorkers with COVID-19 safely separate and isolate in hotels and support New Yorkers in isolation or quarantine with care packages, meal delivery and financial assistance at no cost
June 6, 2020
The Corps launches its first mobile testing units with PCR testing, prioritizing access and equity for New Yorkers in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods
September 15, 2020
September 17, 2020
Test & Trace begins the nation’s first surveillance testing program in public schools, performing thousands of tests at hundreds of school locations to identify, isolate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in city schools
November 24, 2020
NYC Health + Hospitals opens the first of three COVID-19 Centers of Excellence at Tremont, community health clinics dedicated to supporting New Yorker’s recovery from COVID-19 in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods
December 29, 2020
January 10, 2021
NYC launches the first City-run mass vaccination sites at Brooklyn Army Terminal & Bathgate Contract Postal Station, providing vaccinations 24/7 for New Yorkers
February 10, 2021
March 29, 2021
Test & Trace launches its first van-based mobile vaccination clinics, prioritizing access for New York’s most impacted communities
April 7, 2021
Test & Trace launches the AfterCare program, a team of health outreach specialists contacting former cases of COVID-19 at risk of Long COVID to connect them to health and social needs resources that support their recovery
April 23, 2021
November 17, 2021
January 5, 2022
April 30, 2022
The Test & Trace Corps ends its contact tracing program, which reached a total of 1.7 million New Yorkers with COVID-19 and identified 1.8 million of their close contacts, ultimately engaging with more than 30% of the city’s population
June 30, 2022
August 1, 2022
October 5, 2022
February 3, 2023
AfterCare navigators reach over 500,000 New Yorkers recovering from COVID-19 and refer more than 57,000 people, including many experiencing symptoms of Long COVID, to critical health, social and financial support services
COVID-19 tests administered
At-home tests disctributed
COVID-19 vaccines administered
Cases reached and offered support
Contacts identified and offered support
New Yorkers supported in isolation hotels
In-person community conversations