Dec. 21, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
A mobile coronavirus testing site has opened at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens.
The site, located at 120-55 Queens Blvd., opened Monday and residents are able to be tested there through Thursday, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards announced today.
Tests are free of charge and do not require insurance or a prior appointment.
The mobile site is open from Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
NYC Health + Hospitals staff are conducting the tests from a van parked outside the front of the Hall.
It’s a great day to get tested, #Queens. We’re proud to bring no-cost, no-appointment #COVID19 testing to Borough Hall this week in partnership with @NYCHealthSystem.
Let’s keep our borough safe. Come get tested between 8am-7pm today through Wednesday and 8am-2pm this Thursday. pic.twitter.com/Five7Hf3E3
— Queens Borough President Donovan Richards (@QnsBPRichards) December 21, 2020
Richards urged residents to visit the site and get tested as the city tries to reduce the spread of the virus.
“Let’s keep our communities and our family members safe and let’s make sure that we’re looking out for our frontline workers,” Richards said.
The announcement comes as the borough’s 7-day average positivity rate stands at 6.89 percent, higher than the citywide average of 5.6 percent–as per the latest figures released for Dec. 18.
The 7-day average for hospitalizations in Queens stood at 57 on Dec. 18, down from 63 on Dec. 16, when it was the highest number in approximately three months.
The average 7-day death rate in the borough was 8, according to the Dec. 18 data.