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Where & How To Get Rapid Test in NYC For Coronavirus COVID-19?

Khang T. Vuong24 Nov 2020

Where & How To Get Rapid Test in NYC For Coronavirus COVID-19?


Quick Digest

  • It is suggested that all residents of New York City get tested if possible.
  • There is currently a surge of coronavirus cases in NYC and the virus is currently present and growing in NYC.
  • There are two main types of COVID-19 tests: COVID-19 diagnostic tests (PCR + rapid) and antibody tests.
  • Rapid COVID tests in NYC cost between $124- $200 without insurance.
  • Rapid testing takes about 15-minutes to get results.
  • Several clinics in NYC including Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx offer rapid COVID testing with same-day results. See the chart below.
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Rapid Test: What You Need to Know

How does it work?

Most rapid COVID-19 tests are antigen tests; however, there are some PCR rapid tests as well. The rapid test detects an active coronavirus infection through a nasal or throat swab. It typically takes less than one hour to get results for a rapid test.  

Who should get one?

If you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or you have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19 you should consider getting a coronavirus test. In general, the standard PCR tests are more accurate than the rapid tests, so if you are able to wait a few days for your result the standard test may be a better fit. If you need to return to school or work in a timely manner, the rapid test may be a better option for you. 

Are rapid tests accurate in detecting COVID-19?

Unfortunately, most rapid tests on the market are less accurate than standard PCR tests. The rapid tests vary in specificity and sensitivity. In order to get the most accurate test results, you should get tested around 5-7 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19 or while you are experiencing symptoms.

Specificity refers to the chance that a test produces a negative test result for someone who does not have COVID-19. Rapid tests have a specificity of close to 100%, meaning if you get a positive rapid test result you almost definitely have COVID-19. 

The sensitivity of a test refers to the chance of a test producing a positive test result for someone who has COVID-19. The sensitivity of rapid tests can range from 40 to 90%, meaning if you get a negative test result you cannot certainly rule out the chance of having COVID-19. 


How much do rapid COVID-19 tests cost in NYC? 

The cost of rapid tests varies depending on location. Below is a list of some testing sites in NYC that offer rapid testing and the cost without insurance. It's suggested to call beforehand to find out how to make an appointment and ensure that there are rapid tests in stock. If you have insurance, you will likely be able to get tested at a lower rate. In addition to this list, most CityMD Locations are offering free COVID-19 rapid tests.


Where to get a rapid COVID test in Staten Island, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn?

Although many clinics conduct PCR COVID tests, this is not the same for rapid COVID tests. Rapid diagnostic tests use a mucus sample from the nose or throat and your results can be analyzed within 15 minutes, with same-day results. These may be molecular or antigen tests. 


COVID Test Locations in NYC

The following clinics conduct rapid coronavirus testing in Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.

Rapid COVID Test Locations in Manhattan

Testing SiteRapid Test CostSite Information
Speedy Sticks$200100 West 88th St, New York, NY 10024
(347) 292-9570
GoHealth Urgent Care Center - W 69th$195199 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
(212) 721-4200
GoHealth Urgent Care Center - W 100th$1952628 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
(212) 897-1992
ProHEALTH Urgent Care - Yorkville~ $125 (may vary)1601 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128
(646) 692-6272

Rapid COVID Test Locations in Queens

Testing SiteRapid Test CostSite Information
ProHEALTH Urgent Care - Howard Beach~ $180 (may vary)164-50 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, NY 11414
(718) 848-8412

Rapid COVID Test Locations in Staten Island 

Testing SiteRapid Test CostSite Information
GoHealth Urgent Care Center - Great Kills$195125 Greaves Ln, Staten Island, NY 10308
(718) 502-8763
GoHealth Urgent Care Center - Dongan Hills$1951700 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 502-8425
GoHealth Urgent Care Center - Eltingville$1954316 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10312
(929) 282-4146
GoHealth Urgent Care Center - New Dorp$1952590 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 502-9879
GoHealth Urgent Care Center - Bulls Head$1951445 Richmond Ave, Suite E, Staten Island, NY 10314
(929) 219-0622

Rapid COVID Test Locations in Brooklyn

Testing SiteRapid Test CostSite Information
ModernMD Urgent Care - Bedford Stuyvesant$1241248 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216
(646) 604-8130
Statcare Urgent & Walk-In Medical Care (Brooklyn)$100341 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11216
(917) 310-3371
Centers Urgent Care$1351811 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 819-6780

Rapid COVID Test Locations in the Bronx 

Testing SiteRapid Test CostSite Information
Morris Park Urgent Care$1801049 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461
(929) 777-9082


Understanding Coronavirus Tests

There are 2 main types of Coronavirus tests available: the diagnostic tests and the antibody tests. Each has a different purpose and it is very important that you understand which test is the right fit for you. Read more here!


Screen yourself periodically for COVID-19 by asking these four questions

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the incubation period, or the period between you getting infected to showing symptoms, is approximately 5 days (median). This means even if you don't feel sick, it is always good to take precautionary measures and screen yourself periodically:

1.   Do you have any of the symptoms below?

  1. Fever (77-98% of cases)
  2. Cough (46-85% of cases)
  3. Fatigue (11-52% of cases)
  4. Shortness of breath (3-33% of cases)

2.    Have you or anyone you know come into close contact with a confirmed Coronavirus COVID-19 individual or someone who is getting tested?

3.    Are you currently managing any chronic diseases?

4.    Are you a healthcare or public safety worker?


If you answer yes to one or more questions, you have a higher chance of contracting Coronavirus COVID-19

Quarantine yourself immediately: minimize exposure to other humans. Self-quarantine and self-isolation are different. The first is for those who have exposure to individuals with confirmed Coronavirus diagnoses.

Minimize the spread of body secretion: coronavirus is a respiratory illness and it is highly contagious. According to the World Health Organization, wearing a mask is only effective if you also wash your hands frequently.

Avoid scams! Currently, there are various scams related to Coronavirus treatment, contact the Food and Drug Administration if you are contacted by anyone who claims there is a cure. 


Talk to a medical provider and find out where to get tested

Go to this link for a comprehensive list of testing facilities in New York City. More generally, testing can be done at the following locations:

  • Urgent care clinics: these facilities are often staffed with both a medical doctor and a mid-level provider. Selected clinics may be able to collect samples for Coronavirus COV-19 testing if you are a health or public safety worker.
  • CVS Minute Clinics: at this time, there is not a point-of-care test available for COVID-19 at any location.
  • Emergency rooms: only visit the ER if you have exposure history and symptoms. Because there will be a high concentration of sick people, you will have a high risk of cross contagion.
  • Commercial labs like Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp may be able to carry out COVID-19 testing in the future but you are not able to get tested at this point by going directly to those facilities.
  • NYC Gov has released a resource to find a testing center. Some locations test for free while others charge a fee. Make sure to call the testing center in advance to find out more about their payment policy.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 testing kit


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This article is not meant to replace the expert opinions of a medical provider pertaining to your health. If you are in need of immediate care, please consult with your insurance carrier, public health official, or call 911.


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