Covid Testing in Brooklyn: Where to Go and What to Know

Getting tested for Covid-19 is a great way to put your mind at ease and keep those around you safe. We’ve compiled the most recent member experiences at a range of Health + Hospitals sites, urgent care centers, and medical offices around Brooklyn, plus general tips to help your testing experience go as smoothly as possible.

 

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A Few Important FYIs

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Local Testing Sites and Member Experiences

General Testing Tips from Members

 

 

A Few Important FYIs

 

Wait times. While we’ll do our best to keep the member experiences in this article up to date, it’s important to note that lines and wait times are variable, especially with increasing demand for testing in New York City. Even if you’ve heard reports of short lines at your testing site of choice, make an appointment if you can and be sure to budget extra time when you go.

 

Costs. Testing is free at all HHC sites, but at other privately owned sites, there may be visit fees that may or may not be covered by your insurance. It is possible to get hit with unexpected costs. Before you go, check out this New York Times article on How to Avoid a Surprise Bill for Your Coronavirus Test

 

TIP: If you can, get tested at a public site. The HHC sites are run by the NYC Department of Health, and there are also some chain clinics doing testing subsidized by the state. Very few patients have reported surprise medical bills from those testing sites (although it’s not impossible). To find public testing options, you can typically use your state health department website, 311, or NYC.gov’s testing page.

 


Priority testing for teachers. Testing is being prioritized for DOE students and employees. All employees should bring an ID and proof of their DOE employment status with them to get tested. Learn more and locate a DOE-priority test site here.

HOWEVER—don't necessarily expect to be able to skip the line even with your teacher ID. One PSP member reported as of 11/19: "I went to the 'priority testing' site in Fort Greene this afternoon and they said DOE priority does not entail skipping the line, it’s just getting your results expedited. Not sure if that’s new but I was definitely not able to skip the line."

 

Returning from travel. For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 or level 3 country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below.

 

For travelers who were out of state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.

  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.

  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

 

Read travel advisory guidelines here, and access the Traveler Health Form here.

 

Things continue to change rapidly. The guidelines outlined here are up to date as of November 16, 2020, but the pandemic continues to be a constantly shifting landscape. Be sure to check online and use the quick links below for the latest guidance. In particular, be aware that the criteria for testing are updated daily. As you will see on the linked health department sites, you can call ahead and find out if testing is recommended in your particular circumstances.

 

 

Quick Links

 

Find an NYC Health + Hospitals testing site HERE.

Search for test sites near your address HERE.

Make an appointment for a rapid test HERE.

Read the CDC’s latest guidance on coronavirus testing HERE.

 

 

 

Local Testing Sites and Member Experiences

 

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland (Fort Greene)

100 North Portland Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11205

844-NYC-4NYC

COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Member experiences:

“We went to H&H Cumberland this past weekend.  We got tested at 11:30 on Saturday and I had results at 2pm on Sunday. My son's came in around 9pm on Sunday (even though his had the stat sticker on it). He's 13, so he has his own MyChart - I've heard there can be more confusion with accessing results for younger kids.” (November 9)

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“I went Friday and had results within 24 hours, but have heard from others about longer waits.” (November 9)

 

4002 Fort Hamilton (Borough Park)

4002 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Brooklyn, NY 11218

Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Rapid Point of Care Testing Available Here

 

Member experiences:

 

“Just to let you know we just used the Covid testing site at 4002 fort Hamilton on Thursday and it took 4 hours to get tested. Line moved very slowly. We were there starting at 9:20 am or so.” (October 10)

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“I actually went to that Fort Hamilton testing site this week, and it took so long to get tested, nearly 4 hours! There was about 20 or so people ahead of me in line, just over a short city block with social distancing, but it would sometimes take 20-30 minutes just to move 1 person. I may have been unlucky in timing and I know they give priority to NYC DOE members, so there may have been a lot of those folks in the priority line.

 

On the positive side, they do give you both tests - the rapid and then regular nose swab tests, as I know the regular one may be more accurate.” (October 10)

 

 

Red Hook Recreation Center

155 Bay Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

844-NYC-4NYC

Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Member experiences:

“My 17 month old got a swab at Red Hook on Wednesday night, his second at the location. They won’t turn you away (we went as a family, so 3 tests done.)

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 It was shallow, gentle, and he was just fine. I took video to share with friends demoing just how easy it is! She was absolutely wonderful. He blinked and rubbed his nose a few times, but no tears or fuss.” (November 13)

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“Hubs and I just went to the Redhook testing center, and it was very efficient. The only thing that took a little while I was setting up our new account - their internet was spotty today. But moving forward I feel like it would’ve been a 20 minute endeavor (took about 45).

They said results come via email in 24-48 hrs.

Parking wasn’t bad either.” (November 12)

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“Went to Red Hook on 11/5 at ~3:30 pm I had PCR results on 11/6 by 1:30 PM so just under than 24 hours. I also had an antibody test done, got those results a few hours before PCR results.

My wife went the same day (11/5) a bit earlier in the day and got her results right around 24 hours.” (November 9)

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“I've been to each site [Red Hook and Cumberland] once, and got results from both in just over 24 hours. Good experience at both but I give Red Hook the edge bc the facility is way bigger than Cumberland, which allows for much easier social distancing. And they used the shallow swab at Red Hook, which was way more comfortable than the long one I got at Cumberland. (Note I was at Cumberland in late October and Red Hook last week.)” (November 9)

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“My daughters and I went to the Red Hook Center on Friday at 5:00pm . We all got the PCR and I decided to get the antibodies test (b/c it was offered). We received our all our results by 8:00am on Saturday morning.” (November 9)

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“Our family of four (including children ages 3 and 6) was tested at about 2pm this Saturday at the H&H Cumberland location. The results came in about 30–40 hours later, with our public school student child who had ‘stat’ priority oddly getting results later than another family member without a priority.” (November 9)

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“The Health and Hospitals site at Red Hook Rec center is great. No wait, everyone was so nice, and we got results in about 12 hours. Once you are in the H&H system it will be very easy to get other tests later (they have all your info).” (November 3)

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“We also went to the Red Hook center for PCR testing this past weekend. We are still waiting for our results 72 hours +. So don’t depend on 24 hour turnaround if you are traveling for the holidays.” (November 3)

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“Red Hook is still our go to spot.  My husband went Thursday at 5pm and had results Friday at 8pm.  I went Thursday at 3pm and had results Saturday morning at 5am.  Not instant but pretty amazing considering it use to be 5 -6 days.  Also there were zero people in line.  I work in Red Hook and have never seen a line.  The staff tells you to tell everyone you know to come.  I think this is a great location and I would be really sad if it closes down. They did the anterior swab test.  We had both been tested once before so we only had to verify our identity.  If I was there more than 10 minutes I would be shocked.” (October 10)

 

Brooklyn Army Terminal (Sunset Park)

140 58th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11220

Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Member experiences:

 

“I was just tested at the NYC H+H Brooklyn Army Terminal site, and the turnaround for my regular PCR test was 48 hours. The Army Terminal site is entirely outdoors and feels very safe.” (October 9)

 

Kāmin Health - Urgent Care (Crown Heights + multiple other locations)

555 Lefferts Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11225

718-360-8074

 

Member experiences:

 

“I had a great experience with Kamin crown heights urgent care. They are doing the rapid with shallow nasal swab (also offer the pcr and the antibody test). They advised me by phone they don’t do the rapid the last few hours of the night so be sure to arrive before 8pm. We had four family members tested from age 5 to 50 and got our flu shots while we waited.” (October 11)

 

MedRite Park Slope Urgent Care (Park Slope + multiple locations)

245 4th Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11215

718-407-1270

 

Member experiences:

 

"The new MedRite on 4th avenue between President and Carroll does not test any kids under 10 they just told me. You could call to confirm, but I got booted out of the line." (November 23) 

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“Shiny new urgent care center MedRite Park Slope (245 4th ave) got [my rapid test] done. In/out in ~45 minutes, and they called with results an hour later.” (November 12)

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“I went to CityMD yesterday and as I joined the line that snaked around the block a passerby mentioned that there is a new MedRite Urgent Care  on 4th Ave that does the rapid and PCR tests. When I arrived, there was no-one there and I was in and out in 20 mins. They called me with results about an hour later.” (November 11)

 

Tribeca Pediatrics (multiple locations)

 

Member experiences:

 

“My daughter got tested yesterday (Tuesday) at the Tribeca Pediatrics in Park Slope and they said we should get the results in 2-3 days.” (November 11)

 

PM Pediatrics (multiple locations)

 

Member experiences:

 

“My baby had the long swab at PM Pediatrics and I think it was much better than the short swab. The short swab takes longer and my baby cried hysterically when he got it. When he got the long swab at PM, it was super quick and there was much less crying. I don't think the nurse stuck it in as far as she would for an adult and seemed very deft with the swab.” (November 12)

 

One Medical (multiple locations)

 

Member experiences:

 

“I had tests (antibodies and virus) at the Cobble Hill location and got results back, separately, in under 24 hours and 48 hours. I believe they offered rapid, as there were two options for the virus test.” (November 4)

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“I had [a test] nearly two weeks ago at the Tribeca location and got the results in less than 24 hours.” (November 3)

 

CityMD (multiple locations)

 

Member experiences:

 

“We went to citymd and they tested our family (including 3 year old) with results back in 3 days over the Labor Day weekend.” (November 2)

 

ModernMD (multiple locations)

 

Member experiences:

 

“We went to Modern MD in Downtown Brooklyn recently and had a positive experience getting a rapid test for my husband and I, but they told us that they do not do rapid testing for children under 6 years.” (October 12)

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“All Modern MDs are doing the 15 min rapid test. I just went a week or so ago to the one in Bushwick on Knickerbocker. I got there around 8:15AM and the line was already around the corner. It was a long wait but they were kind, respectful and professional. If you test negative, that’s that. If you test positive, they will do the longer response (2 to 5 days) to confirm it.” (October 9)

 

General Testing Tips from Members

 

“Stat” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

 

“If you are getting covid tested at H&H and are offered a ‘stat’ sticker for your kid so they expedite the test for school, you may want to decline or hedge your bets with getting a second household member tested. My results came in about 26 hours after testing and my “stat” kid is still waiting for results (which, logically, should be identical to mine but, you know, illogical and therefore annoying).” (November 8)

 

“We had the same experience. I took my 3 y.o. for a COVID test at H&H, he received a stat sticker and I was told the results would be back within 24 hours. My results came back in 36 hours but I didn’t receive his results until about 5 hours after that. I’m thinking that because his results are tied to my account (and I didn’t have the sticker), that it didn’t actually get expedited. In the future I would either ask them to put the sticker on both tests or just not get tested myself (he had a cold and I wanted to confirm it wasn’t COVID before sending him back to daycare, I wasn’t sick).” (November 8)

 

MyChart (for NYC Health + Hospitals locations) may not be used to release results for younger kids.

 

“You have to phone the hotline for results for children. We need a written test result for returning to school. So we’ll have to do a rapid 15 minute test at City MD that can be printed out.” (November 3)

 

It’s possible to get an “inconclusive” test result.

 

One member asked:

 

“I got tested at a city facility- not a rapid test. My results are “inconclusive”. Has anyone had this happen? If so what was the reason?

I plan to go back but just wondering.” (October 29)

 

Members advised:

 

“Ouch, that sounds extremely stressful. "Inconclusive" means that you could have COVID, or maybe not. The test detected something that either might have been the virus (but not enough to be a clear indication of infection - which can happen early in an infection), or might have been contamination or the test or the testing process acting funny (they're not perfect), but from the results, the person interpreting it just can't be sure. You should definitely go back - if it was very early infection, it'll be positive now, and if it's something random, it'll almost certainly be negative. I'm not sure what the relative likelihoods of the two possibilities are, but stay calm and hope for the best. Good luck!”

 

“You might also get an antibody test if you suspect you might have already had it. I got an inconclusive test (when being tested for the active infection) a few months after recovering from Covid-19.”

 

Here is a good explanation from CityMD about what inconclusive means.”