New pop-up COVID-19 testing sites come to western Queens this week


New pop-up COVID-19 testing sites have been installed in western Queens this week, to ease some long wait times for testing services.

Testing is available at the following sites:

  • Monday, Jan. 3, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Tornsey/Lou Lodati Playground, 41-15 Skillman Ave. in Long Island City
  • Tuesday, Jan. 4, from noon to 7 p.m. near 60-15 Woodside Ave. in Woodside
  • Thursday, Jan. 6, from noon to 7 p.m. outside the Queens Public Library, 40-20 Broadway in Long Island City

These locations will offer PCR nasal tests for no cost. No appointment is necessary. Queens lawmakers Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris, Assembly members Brian Barnwell, Zohran Mamdani, Jessica Gonzales-Rojas, and Council members Tiffany Cabán and Julie Won partnered with Woodside on the Move to temporarily increase the testing capacity in the area. 

“The rapid spread of the omicron variant has created great new demand for COVID testing. Western Queens is underserved by the number of testing sites available, and we need more – now,” Gianaris said. “I am glad we are finding more partners eager to help deliver results in this community and serve those who need COVID-19 testing. We need the city and state to do their part and increase capacity, as well.”

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