New COVID-19 Mobile Testing Site Set In Co-Op City

Published on April 01, 2020, 8:21 pm
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On March 31, 2020, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. greeted workers setting up the new mobile testing site based out of Co-Op City that will help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mobile testing site will provide tests prioritizing symptomatic individuals who had close exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, including health care workers and first responders, as well as those working in or having recently visited a nursing home.
The center is will be open Monday through Sunday, from 08:0 a.m. – 06:00 p.m., by appointment only. To get an appointment, Bronxites can call 1-888-364-3065.

“This mobile testing site is key in detecting COVID-19 not only among our most vulnerable communities but also among those putting their life on the line in the war against this virus,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. “I want to thank Governor Cuomo, State Senator Bailey, State Assembly Member Benedetto, and all these brave individuals on the front line, testing our Bronx residents, health care workers, and first responders.”

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. partnered with FreshDirect and PitcCCh In Foundation to provide meals for families in need, at the Belmont Community Community Center.

Borough President Diaz, Jr. was joined by Amber and CC Sabathia, founders of the PitcCCh In Foundation, and Larry Scott Blackmon, Vice President of Public Affairs for FreshDirect, handed out packages of free groceries to parents, in front of the community center, which recently ceased operations due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

The community outreach is part of the “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive,” FreshDirect’s initiative to provide free groceries to New York City’s most vulnerable communities having trouble access to groceries during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Borough President Diaz, Jr. was able to secure meals for Catholic Charities’ food pantries throughout the Bronx and for Part Of The Solution (POTS) to bolster their resources.

“I want to thank FreshDirect for being a lifeline to so many in this critical moment,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. “As the world comes together to fight the spread of COVID-19, FreshDirect is really stepping up to the plate, supporting our trusted partners; such as PitcCCh In, Part Of The Solution and Catholic Charities; providing vital services to our most vulnerable communities in their time of most need.”

COVID-19 RESOURCES

INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS

  • The New York State Department of Health has a guide on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • The City has launched the NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal for individuals, or those authorized to report on behalf of individuals, who have experienced symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, have come into contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or are currently in quarantine.
  • Help Now NYC has information on helping New Yorkers affected by COVID-19 or getting help for you or your organization related to COVID-19. Looking to donate PPE? Visit the NYC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation Portal.
  • Those insured by Empire BlueCross BlueShield can find information on their coronavirus page here.
  • The City will continue to provide a range of resources and services to help New Yorkers. For updates on coronavirus, text COVID to 692-692.

BUSINESSES

INTERNET

  • Altice is offering several resources for internet service, including free Altice Advantage broadband for 60 days to “any new household [their] service area with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access.” Altice is also offering free student and community WiFi. More information on all of their COVID resources is available on the Alice website here.

LABOR ISSUES

MENTAL HEALTH

Two mental health hotlines are available to New Yorkers who need it.

  • As always New Yorkers can also reach out to Thrive NYC, which offers a number of mental health services that New Yorkers can access while staying home. You can start by calling 1-888-NYC-Well (692-9355), or texting “Well” to 65173.
  • Over 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time to help with New York State’s Coronavirus response. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

FOOD ASSISTANCE

If you cannot access food due to mobility, please visit here to see if you can apply for NYC Food Delivery Assistance.

If you are in need of applying for SNAP or Public Assistance please visit here.

If you can leave your residence and are in need of food, please click the following links to find your nearest pantry:

FreshDirect: FreshDirect has also partnered with Catholic Charities to provide grab and go meals. Please visit here for the Catholic Charities Pantry list. We recommend you call any of these locations before going due to limited resources.

EDUCATION

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New COVID-19 Mobile Testing Site Set In Co-Op City
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