Posted on May 22, 2020 at 1:27 pm by West Sider

Photo via CDC.

For the first several weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, city officials urged people who had relatively mild symptoms of the virus to stay home and not get tested. That advice has changed. The city now wants to get a better sense of who is suffering from the virus.

A pop-up site run by a company called SOMOS just opened at 145 West 96th Street, and is expected to be open until next Tuesday, May 26, according to Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell. People need to sign up in advance for appointments by calling 1-833-SOMOS-NY. The site offers both virus testing and antibody testing. The tests are free.

Other spots in the neighborhood also offer testing, with various requirements. The state has a map of testing locations you can access here. Among the locations are CityMD’s at 2398 Broadway (88th), and GoHealth Urgent Care at 199 Amsterdam (69th).

One important thing to know about antibody tests: they are not extremely accurate right now, and even a positive test doesn’t mean you are “immune.” So continue taking the precautions you’ve been taking for weeks. Gothamist has a good rundown of the tests.

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