BRONX, N.Y. - Volunteers for the city’s Test & Trace Corps set out on foot Tuesday morning in the Bronx to spread the word: get tested for coronavirus.
“They just need someone to guide them,” volunteer Linda Swanson said. “To show them and tell them where to go, why it’s important to get the testing and it’s not gonna hurt!”
It’s being called “Get Tested Tuesday.”
Members of the Test & Trace Corps set up in the Soundview section of the Bronx; Flushing, Queens; the North Shore of Staten Island; and Sunset Park, Brooklyn to provide information about where to get a free COVID-19 test.
The Stevenson Family Health Center in Soundview is one of the testing sites people are directed to.
“People need to know that this is out here and it’s not gone yet,” one woman getting tested there said.
The goal of this effort is to keep the positive rate of those tested, also known as the infection rate, at no more than one percent, to insure the virus is held at bay.
Test & Trace leaders said they’re also working with labs to push for faster results; New Yorkers say they’re waiting days or weeks to find out.
“These are neighborhoods that we want to make sure that people know the test is available,” Test & Trace Corps chief equity officer Annabel Palma said. ”We want to encourage them to not get tested just once, but to continue to get tested, especially if they're frontline workers. Individuals who have to go outside the home to work on a regular basis and this is the way we are going to keep the numbers low.”
The Test & Trace Corps plans to hold Testing days of action like this in other neighborhoods across the five boroughs in upcoming weeks to keep urging people to get tested, even if they’re asymptomatic, and even more than once.