Mayor, Gov. Cuomo urge New Yorkers to participate in ‘Get Tested Tuesday’

Today is “Get Tested Tuesday” and Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are encouraging New Yorkers to do just that.

News 12 Staff

Aug 18, 2020, 10:12 AM

Updated 1,370 days ago

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Today is “Get Tested Tuesday” and Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are encouraging New Yorkers to do just that.
City leaders say we are not out of the woods yet, as some neighborhoods like Allerton in the Bronx are seeing some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases across the city, according to the New York City Health Department website
Some of the zip codes with highest numbers of cases in the Bronx and Brooklyn include 11239, which encompasses East New York in Brooklyn, 10469, 10475, 10468 and 10471 which encompass Baychester, Williamsbridge, Co-op City, Fordham, Kingsbridge and Riverdale.
Health officials documenting more than 4,000 cases per 100,000 people for each of those zip codes.
Getting tested is something both the mayor and governor have been pushing New Yorkers to do since day one. In the beginning of the pandemic, there was a constant push to get more testing sites open, but now the push is for you to get tested.
The COVID-19 diagnostic is free at most locations and those getting tested do not need insurance to get it. The test consists of a nasal or oral swab or a saliva sample.
Most results are returned in between three and five days. 
 
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