Mayor de Blasio today announced a hyper-local plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To engage communities hardest hit by the virus, the City will deploy resources and supportive services into neighborhoods where data shows low testing rates and a high percentage of positive tests. The City will also provide 10 million dollars in grants to community-based organizations—ranging from $50,000 to $750,000—in these hard hit areas to encourage the communities they serve to get tested and engage with contact tracing.
“Widespread testing and tracing is the key to re-opening our city safely, but that only works if we have the participation of all of our neighbors,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are making testing as fast and convenient in the neighborhoods that need it most to ensure New Yorkers have the tools they need to protect themselves and their loves ones.”
Beginning first in the 10457 zip code in Tremont, Bronx, response teams will aim to test at least 2,500 people across the zip code over the next two weeks. Those who test positive will be connected to supportive services, and close contacts of these cases will be identified.
On-site resource navigators are stationed at rapid testing sites across the community, to immediately connect people with services, including hotel rooms if needed:
St. Simon Stock Church
2191 Valentine Avenue
Monday-Saturday: 11:00AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Note this site will be available until 7/22
H+H Community Health Center
4006 3rd Avenue
Hours: 9-7pm 7 days a week.
Note this site will provide testing until 7/19
St. Barnabas Hospital (by appointment)
4487 3rd Avenue
Monday – Friday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
To get a COVID test, call 718-960-3730 for an appointment; responders are bi-lingual; all individuals entering the ambulatory site should wear a face covering.
BronxCare Testing Site
1650 Grand Concourse
Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
For appointments, call 718-99-BRONX (718-992-7669).
Mobile Testing Sites
North Entrance, between East Burnside and Valentine Avenues
Mon-Fri: 10:00AM-4:00 PM
Dates: July 6-10
2263 Crotona Avenue
Wed-Fri 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dates: July 8-10
Mon-Tues 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: July 13 and 14
The City will also open new, COVID-19 pop up sites in the coming days: Red Hook, Brooklyn 151 Bay Street July 10 Co-Op City, Bronx 105 Drieser Loop July 22
Multiple mobile locations in Manhattan will also be announced next week.
The City’s Test & Trace Corps is the City’s comprehensive effort to test, trace, and treat every case of COVID-19. Through a partnership between the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and NYC Health + Hospitals, the Corps allows the City to immediately isolate and care for those who test positive for the virus, and then rapidly track, assess, and quarantine anyone they came into contact with who they may have infected. Additional information, including program metrics and progress to-date, is available here.