The test involves a nasopharyngeal exchange, which is inserted through the nose to the top of the throat. Residents who receive the swab are also tested with the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) diagnostic test. This test is more accurate, but it takes longer to get results.
NYC rolled out the rapid tests last week as part of a pilot program to reach certain “virus hotspots,” starting with Tremont in the Bronx. The city selected this neighborhood based on data showing how many residents had been tested and the percentage of positive cases. If the pilot goes ahead as planned, the program will expand to other neighborhoods.
Across the city, New Yorkers who have been tested for COVID-19 have to wait weeks to find out the result as the number of tests increases. Right now, New York is doing the most tests per capita in the United States
Update: it’s been 14 days since I got a COVID-19 test and still no results. Tried to call CityMD on Friday and ended up waiting for 35 minutes, gave up. Not great, you guys! https://t.co/BxWAHw3lUg
– Jeanmarie Evelly (@JeanmarieEvelly) July 14, 2020
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