Mayor de Blasio announced today that any person with COVID-19 symptoms is now eligible to receive a test in New York City. Those who have been exposed to a positive case or work in a congregate residential setting are also eligible for testing regardless of symptoms. This comes as the City continues to expand its testing capacity with the aim to test and trace every positive case of COVID-19.
“Lack of widespread testing was our achilles heel from day one, but we’re rewriting that story every day,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Our effort to test and trace very New Yorker in need of a test is coming together at lightning speed, giving us the tools we need to defeat the virus once and for all.”
New Yorkers will now be eligible to receive a COVID-19 test if they have:
COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation
Come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, regardless of symptoms
Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter, or adult care facility), regardless of symptoms