The COVID-19 test is FREE, confidential and safe. All New Yorkers can get a FREE COVID-19 diagnostic test, whether or not they have symptoms or are at increased risk. New Yorkers can also get free COVID-19 antibody tests to know if they have been exposed.
All New Yorkers Should Get Tested
NYC Health + Hospitals offers free testing at hospitals, health centers, and new pop-up locations across the five boroughs. Just walk-in – no appointment needed!
NYC Health + Hospitals also offers antibody testing at 11 hospitals and select Gotham Health centers. Test results are available in 3- 5 days at the city-run NYC Health + Hospitals locations.
Tests Are Free
You do not need health insurance to get a COVID-19 or antibody test at an NYC Health + Hospitals location or at many other testing sites across the city. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card so that the insurance plan can be billed. You will not need to pay any copay or co-insurance.
You will not be asked about immigration status. COVID-19 testing and care services are not a public benefit under the public charge rule.
While You Wait for Results
You’ll generally receive test results in 3-5 days if you got tested at an NYC Health + Hospitals location. Results may take longer at other sites.
While you wait for results, and after your results, it’s important to continue taking all the necessary steps to protect yourself and others:
If You Test Positive – What’s Next?
If you test positive, that means you have COVID-19 and are at risk of spreading it to others. One of our trained Contact Tracers will contact you by phone promptly to make sure you get the medical care and support you need to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Our Contact Tracers will be able to offer a wide range of support services to help you to safely separate at a free, private, comfortable hotel, or at home. They will also ask you about your close contacts to offer them assistance and help them find the best place to separate safely from others.
If your previous COVID-19 test was negative, you should get another test if you:
Test & Trace Corps COVID-19 Test Site Partners
In addition to the testing sites run by NYC Health + Hospitals, there are more than 100 other testing locations throughout the five boroughs. To find other testing sites, click here or view our list of partners below. No appointment needed at most locations.
Learn More About the COVID-19 Test