Lincoln and Jacobi Hospitals and two community-based health centers in the Bronx have been identified as coronavirus testing sites by the NYC Health and Human Services Corp. Appointments are required for all testing.
Jacobi currently is testing only on a drive-through basis; next week, the hospital will offer in-house testing, as well.
The two Bronx community-based health centers offering testing are the Morrisania Gotham Health Center at 1225 Gerard Ave. and the Belvis Gotham Health Center at 545 E. 142nd St. Lincoln Hospital is located at 235 E. 149th St., and Jacobi is at 1400 Pelham Parkway South.
Health officials said that appointments will only be granted to individuals with moderate to severe symptoms.
“Those with mild illness, who are not above the age of 50 or have underlying health conditions, should continue to stay home, practice social distancing, and consult their health care provider if their symptoms do not subside in 3-4 days,” NYC Health and Hospitals said in a statement announcing the sites.
New Yorkers who have high priority because of age, pre-existing conditions and symptoms should call 1-844-NYC-4NYC for more information, the agency said. New Yorkers can continue to call 311 to be assessed for risk for COVID.
The Bronx testing facilities are among 10 hospital sites and seven community-based health care centers that have been set up across the city for testing. Three more drive-through units in other boroughs are expected to be brought online next week. Testing will take place in tents similar to those used during the H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009, the health agency said.
The Health and Hospitals Corp., which oversees all public hospitals in the city, said it anticipates serving 150 people per day at each of the 10 centers, and 50-75 people per day at the health clinics. The drive-through sites should be able to accommodate 100 people per day.
Those accepted for testing will first see a primary care doctor, who will take their medical histories before a sample is collected for testing, to ensure appropriate medical treatment if a test comes back positive. Samples collected will be sent to BioReference Laboratory for testing, with an expected turnaround time of 24 hours.
A listing of all testing sites around the city, with addresses, can be found here: https://www.fox5ny.com/news/new-york-city-coronavirus-testing-sites,-by-appointment