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Title: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: buzz on May 08, 2020, 12:55:41 PM
Maybe I missed it  so someone please advise.  I see other communities  are being targeted for ramping up testing.  I have not received any literature ( perhaps email) on where to get tested in Jackson Heights.  Being that we are in the epicenter for America I would have thought there would be more fanfare for us residents to get tested.  Saying that I might also have missed it. 
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: CaptainFlannel on May 08, 2020, 01:40:42 PM
which communities are you talking about? This is the #1 result searching for "covid 19 testing jackson heights ny"
https://www.statcarewalkin.com/covid-19-testing-near-me-jackson-heights-11372-ny-coronavirus-cost-test-available/ (https://www.statcarewalkin.com/covid-19-testing-near-me-jackson-heights-11372-ny-coronavirus-cost-test-available/)

You should not walk in. You should make an appointment.

Antibody testing will be available in LIC next week. There's only one location per borough at this time. I believe there will be other sites.

Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: Shelby2 on May 08, 2020, 02:24:00 PM
City MD is offering testing. https://www.citymd.com/news/covid-19-testing-update
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: Shelby2 on May 08, 2020, 07:17:57 PM
This is from Assembly Member Michael Dendekker's post on the general coronavirus thread:

"COVID-19 tests are being conducted at the Woodside Houses. Priority for NYCHA residents, those over 65, those with pre-existing conditions. Walk-ins are welcome and there is no cost. Bring ID and insurance card, no insurance — still welcome."
Title: Free COVID-19 testing coming to old Sports Authority site on Northern
Post by: the80s on May 14, 2020, 10:55:08 AM
Per Jimmy Van Bramer on Twitter:
The Mayor just announced another COVID-19 testing site in our area. Starting the week of March 25th [I assume he means May 25], the former Sports Authority site (future school), located at 51-30 Northern Blvd in Woodside will become a free testing site. This for COVID only, not antibodies. Walk-ins allowed

https://twitter.com/JimmyVanBramer/status/1260944689160691719
Title: Re: Free COVID-19 testing coming to old Sports Authority site on Northern
Post by: the80s on May 14, 2020, 11:29:11 AM
Corrected tweet confirms it will open on May 25:
https://twitter.com/JimmyVanBramer/status/1260950109912731651
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: Matt on June 29, 2020, 04:00:34 PM
Testing has become much more available and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is now urging all New Yorkers to be tested:

"All New Yorkers should get a COVID-19 diagnostic test, whether or not they have symptoms or are at increased risk. Tests are free. You should look for a testing site near your home.

You will not be asked about immigration status. COVID-19 testing and care services are not a public benefit under the public charge rule."


https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-symptoms-chronic-health-risks.page?utm_source=Google_Search&utm_medium=English&utm_campaign=Coronavirus (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-symptoms-chronic-health-risks.page?utm_source=Google_Search&utm_medium=English&utm_campaign=Coronavirus)

You can find a testing site here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page)

Antibody testing is also becoming more available. If you scroll down after entering your address you can see which locations offer both types of tests.

I heard this segment on WNYC last week which encouraged me to get tested: https://www.wnyc.org/story/coronavirus-testing-grows-swabs-shrink-good-news/ (https://www.wnyc.org/story/coronavirus-testing-grows-swabs-shrink-good-news/)

Based on Fred Mogul's experience at a city hospital, I decided to go to Elmhurst, but my experience was not the same. Antibody testing is only available Monday through Friday and is at a different location in the hospital - go to the Community Medical Center entrance located on 41st Avenue and 80th Street. For Coronavirus testing, go to the infamous tent outside of the emergency entrance on Baxter Avenue. Coronavirus testing is available 7 days a week 8 AM to 4 PM. I was disappointed that it was not possible to have both done at the same location, unlike Mogul's experience at Bellevue. Also, he had the newer coronavirus test which uses a shorter swab which he described as a feather. A feather was not used on me, it was the long swab. As uncomfortable as it was, it wasn't as bad as I imagined. In both cases, there was not a long wait.

It will take a few days to get results. Although there are problems with the accuracy of the tests, and it is not certain what having antibodies means in regards to future infections, this seems like it could be useful information to have.
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: ljr on June 29, 2020, 08:36:57 PM
You can walk into City Md locations and get both covid and antibody tests. Results take a few days. Our doctor's office (a large network of practices in Manhattan affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical Center) also offers both tests by appointment. You have to have a telehealth screening first, but they are fine with asymptomatic people who want to get tested just to know. Results came the same evening/next day--very fast. The appointment meant you were immediately taken into an exam room, no waiting, and only a few people around in the office. Nothing to sign or fill out at the office--that is all done by computer in advance--and no contact except the actual test, which is very fast. I imagine other large medical practices are also offering tests?
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: Matt on June 30, 2020, 08:17:27 PM
I received my results from Elmhurst Hospital the next day as well. The waits were not long as I mentioned. If I get tested again, I likely will go somewhere else, not based on the professionalism of the staff (they were all great), but because of the need to go to two different locations in the hospital for the two different tests.

I'm glad I did it, and I hope more people are doing this as well. The city does not seem to be pushing this too hard yet from what I've seen. I think this knowledge will be helpful for myself and it will help NY prevent future outbreaks. If more people are tested, it may help researchers to better understand this virus as well.

If it is found that having antibodies does provide protection from future infection, we all know that New Yorkers will be lining up to get tested! Based on my experience, it does not seem they are at the moment.
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: IV1PSM on June 30, 2020, 10:31:18 PM
https://jacksonheightspost.com/woodside-site-offering-free-covid-19-testing-with-little-to-no-wait

Testing nearby on northern boulevard at the former sports authority parking lot.  All outdoors. No lines. Entire process could take less than 30 minutes. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: Shelby2 on June 30, 2020, 10:59:47 PM
https://jacksonheightspost.com/woodside-site-offering-free-covid-19-testing-with-little-to-no-wait

Testing nearby on northern boulevard at the former sports authority parking lot.  All outdoors. No lines. Entire process could take less than 30 minutes. Highly recommended.

Thanks. I may want to visit an elderly relative coming up soon and thought I should get tested beforehand. I was hesitant to go to an indoor facility, thinking that would actually expose me to Covid needlessly. It seems smarter to go to an outdoor testing facility like this one.
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: IV1PSM on July 01, 2020, 08:19:14 AM
And no appointment needed
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: Matt on July 02, 2020, 02:22:21 PM
Thanks. I may want to visit an elderly relative coming up soon and thought I should get tested beforehand. I was hesitant to go to an indoor facility, thinking that would actually expose me to Covid needlessly. It seems smarter to go to an outdoor testing facility like this one.

I was hesitant to get tested for fear of exposure as well. There is always a focus on disinfection in a medical environment, but I believe I saw more than usual at Elmhurst when compared with previous visits to medical facilities. I may have noticed this based on the fact that I am more interested in this wherever I go. This is likely true of all medical facilities.

I also took (some) comfort in knowing that the percentage of positive cases of people tested daily has been under 1.5% both statewide and in Queens. Chances were low that I was standing in line next to a person with COVID-19. If I was, everyone was practicing physical distancing. https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOVID-19Tracker-Map?%3Aembed=yes&%3Atoolbar=no&%3Atabs=n (https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov/views/NYS-COVID19-Tracker/NYSDOHCOVID-19Tracker-Map?%3Aembed=yes&%3Atoolbar=no&%3Atabs=n)

As of yesterday, testing is available to all New Yorkers, statewide. It's no longer only open to all of us in NYC.
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing)

One thing to note about the testing site at the former Sports Authority is that they don't appear to offer antibody testing, only the diagnostic test. This is based on the testing website.
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: Jesyve9 on July 05, 2020, 10:19:08 PM
Does anyone know where to get a rapid covid-19 test here in Queens? I keep getting told results take 3-5 days and I need to have results quick because I need to do an emergency trip.
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: Shelby2 on July 05, 2020, 10:53:12 PM
Does anyone know where to get a rapid covid-19 test here in Queens? I keep getting told results take 3-5 days and I need to have results quick because I need to do an emergency trip.

I went to the facility by Northern and Broadway last Thursday and they actually told me 5 to 8 days for results. I think labs are getting backed up everywhere.

There is something called rapid testing where you get the results right away, but it has a terrible accuracy record. https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/guests-lic-hotel-and-pool-lounge-must-take-mandatory-35-covid-19-test-entry
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: ljr on July 06, 2020, 08:37:21 AM
We went to our private physician's offices in Manhattan (Weill Cornell Doctors, they have a number of locations) and the results for covid and antibody tests came the same night and the next day. I don't know if you have to be an established patient there, though.
Title: Re: Testing/ Lack of it
Post by: Shelby2 on July 07, 2020, 07:29:08 PM
I just watched the first few minutes of NBC Nightly News and they said that in Arizona, people are waiting in line for 8 hours (in their cars) to get tests. And then if they do manage to get a test it can take 10 business days to get results.

In my case, I'm still waiting for the results of my test (Northern and Broadway facility) from last Thursday. So it's been 5 days - including a holiday weekend. They did tell me 5 to 8 days so I guess I'll just keep waiting.

In the case of Arizona, I don't really see how 10 business days, which is really like 14 days, can be effective in keeping down the spread. I suppose if you really think you have it, then the test is in some ways a formality since you should be home isolating anyway. If people are asymptomatic and get tested, then not knowing the results for 14 days is going to give them 14 days to spread it.