Free COVID-19 Testing Available for All NYC Residents

June 5, 2020 12:21 PM

The New York City Department of Health has made free COVID-19 testing available for all New York City Residents, whether or not they have symptoms. Testing is available regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage.

Up until recently, there has been a limited supply of tests, which meant that testing was reserved for those who were symptomatic or with the highest risk of contracting COVID-19. New York City’s testing capabilities have increased and the City’s Department of Health is now recommending that all NYC Residents get tested, since many cases occur without symptoms. Repeat testing is also recommended if you have potentially been exposed, been in large crowds, or you are visiting high-risk individuals.

Testing is available regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. You will not be asked your immigration status when getting tested at one of the locations run by NYC Health + Hospitals and the testing is not considered a Public Benefit under the Public Charge rule.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may receive a call from a 212 area code from a contact tracer. Contract tracers can help determine if you require medical attention and make sure that you are able to safely isolate by providing resources and support.

To find testing locations near you, visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page or call 311.