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How Long Did You Wait to Get Your COVID-19 Result? Help THE CITY Report on New York’s Testing System

The wait times for test results in the city vary greatly, with some adding up to two weeks or more. Help us find out what we all want to know: What, exactly, is the hold-up?

A drive-through coronavirus testing site at Lehman College in the North Bronx, July 14, 2020.
A drive-through coronavirus testing site in the north Bronx, July 14, 2020.
Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

New York is testing a lot of people for coronavirus — 87,900 a day across the state at last count, according to the governor’s office — and a top health advisor to the mayor has encouraged everyone to get a test once a month to combat the spread of COVID-19.

With dozens of testing locations around the five boroughs, getting checked can be relatively quick. Getting a result, however, is another story.

We’ve heard from readers over and over, and experienced it ourselves: Wait times can be long. In some cases, two weeks or more will pass between a test and a result, and time spans vary greatly.

New Yorkers have started crowdsourcing, posting their test-to-result timelines online. Friends share tips on clinics with speedy turnaround times. Neighbors swap advice on which might be faster: the CityMD up the street or the government-run facility a trek away.

THE CITY wants to help make sense of the system. Where are the fastest results coming from, and why? How have wait times changed over time? Are some neighborhoods better equipped for quicker turnarounds?

We need your help: Have you had a COVID-19 test recently? We want to hear from you.

If you’ve had a coronavirus test and received your result, fill out the form below.

Your answers will help inform our ongoing coverage on testing. This effort is not a scientific study, but will go a long way toward helping shed light on a testing network that many have come to rely on — and likely need for some time to come.


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