By Carol Tannenhauser
The city is hitting new Covid records, and people are waiting outside in freezing weather for hours to get tested. As cases rise, it can feel a little like March 2020 — but unlike the early days of the pandemic, there’s much more information out there and testing capacity is expanding.
Below are key websites for staying current about Covid rates in the neighborhood and throughout the City, and finding what you need, whether it’s a test or vaccination.
Positivity rates on the Upper West Side have spiked, though they’re still lower than the rest of the city. For Dec. 13-19:
The city has opened new testing sites, including one in Manhattan at the Highbridge Park Rec Center at 2301 Amsterdam Avenue (173rd), and extended hours at existing ones. Richard Gottfried sent out the info below (click on the photos to see the images in detail):
Today, the City announced additional testing capacity and extended hours. See below for the new sites and all Manhattan locations. pic.twitter.com/ClUKJOvtqm
— Richard Gottfried (@DickGottfried) December 20, 2021
In addition, “Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced that she is implementing a new portal that will allow residents to request at-home testing kits,” according to News 12 Brooklyn. “The state is expecting 2 million tests will be requested within the next two weeks and will be focusing on areas with low vaccination rates. Hochul says once the stockpile of tests is large enough, the state will open the portal to all New Yorkers.”
The tests will be PCR tests, which are generally more likely than antigen tests to detect the virus even if the person doesn’t have symptoms.
New York State officials will have more details later this week on an online portal for people to order PCR tests mailed to their homes overnight.
People will be able to swab themselves, put their swab in a prepaid envelope and get results within 48 hours, officials said.
— Luis Ferré-Sadurní (@luisferre) December 20, 2021
Kathryn Garcia, the state’s director of operations, said New York State also plans to call on the federal government to provide more tests, in an interview with The CITY.
President Biden says the government will distribute more than 500 million at-home tests in the coming weeks.