As Covid cases continue to rise across New York, the city and state governments are scrambling to boost testing capacity.
A city-run testing facility opened today (Monday, Jan. 27) at Marta Valle High School, 145 Stanton St. It’s one of seven new sites the city is directly operating. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and PCR tests are available. These sites augment existing testing at city-operated hospitals such as Gouverneur Health, 227 Madison St. (Gouverneur is open for testing between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
Meanwhile, as Governor Kathy Hochul announced today, the state will open up new testing sites Tuesday (none in Lower Manhattan) and deliver millions of tests to school districts across the state.
There were more than 44,000 cases on Friday. The numbers dipped over the holiday weekend but are now expected to creep up again due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. Hospitalizations of children with Covid more than doubled statewide this month. In New York City, they’ve risen from 22 to 109.
Some other local testing options beyond the ones mentioned above — Betances Health Center (280 Henry St.) and City MD (138 Delancey St.). You can check for updates here.