Nov 03, 2020
The NYC Test & Trace Corps and Essen Health Care, the largest privately owned multispecialty medical network based in the Bronx, today announced a partnership to provide increased access to COVID-19 testing at no cost for residents of neighborhoods underserved by testing. Mobile units will initially be deployed in the Soundview and Castle Hill areas, and subsequently to surrounding areas where testing sites are less readily available.
“Every New Yorker should get tested for COVID-19, and that begins with providing easy access to free testing in communities where the need is greatest,” said NYC Test & Trace Corps Executive Director Dr. Ted Long. “We are pleased to partner with Essen Health Care to expand testing options in underserved areas of the Bronx, and the Test & Trace Corps will provide the full range of our free support services to anyone who tests positive.”
The partnership between the Test & Trace Corps and Essen Health Care will bring safe and confidential testing for COVID-19 and to neighborhoods where testing sites are currently less widely available, beginning with mobile unit deployments in Soundview and Castle Hill on Monday, November 2. Essen Health Care mobile units have traveled to over 160 locations in the Bronx since the start of the pandemic and continue to be one of the largest testers of COVID-19 in this medically underserved community.
“Since March, Essen has performed over 60,000 COVID-19 and antibody tests for the residents of the Bronx, with over 7,000 through our mobile units,” said Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Essen Health Care. “The Bronx community has been hardest hit with this virus from the beginning, so safe and accurate testing is a necessary resource required to maintain community health. We are pleased to be able to bring access to more people through this vital partnership.”
“Our partnership with Essen Health Care brings COVID-19 testing within reach for more people in the Bronx, at a moment when we need to fight back the virus in our communities,” said Annabel Palma, Chief Equity Officer of the NYC Test & Trace Corps. “I urge all residents to get tested often, even if they have no symptoms, and we will offer all the support you may need, regardless of immigration status.”
Mobile units will be available Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 2pm at the corner of Lafayette Ave and White Plains Rd. in Soundview/Castle Hill, 9am to 2pm on Wednesday at the corner of Fordham Rd and University Ave in Fordham and Thursday and Friday, 9 am to 2pm at the corner of 181 Street and Grand in Morris Heights. Testing is at no cost and confidential, and appointments are not required.
Essen Health Care also offers COVID-19 testing at its 16 Metro Urgicare centers in the Bronx, including the high-need areas of Parkchester and Westchester Square, and locations in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Parkside, Queens. Make an appointment by visiting https://www.essenhealthcare.com/contact-us#urgent-care
In addition, the Test & Trace Corps provides testing at no cost to patients in the Bronx at three acute care centers, two Gotham Health community health centers, and more than 10 community testing sites and mobile units. Call 212-COVID19 to find the testing site nearest you.