Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, Senator Jamaal T. Bailey and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto today announced they have secured a critical new COVID-19 mobile testing site for the Northeast Bronx.
"Our main strategy to slow the spread of this virus has been to increase testing and reduce density in every community across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "The multiple drive-through mobile testing facilities we have created are helping keep people out of hospitals and other healthcare facilities where they could potentially infect other people or get sick themselves, while increasing our testing capacity. Co-Op City in the Bronx is home to a high number of vulnerable New Yorkers, and locating a new drive-through facility in this area will help protect those residents and give them a safer place to test for COVID-19."
"We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis and it is imperative that we do all we can to protect the public," said Speaker Heastie. "This testing site is important for the health and safety of those residing in co-op city as well as residents in neighboring communities and will be a huge benefit to the Bronx. Many seniors reside here and they are among the most vulnerable to this terrible virus. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his tireless efforts to help make this testing site a reality as well as my colleagues, Assemblyman Bendetto and Senator Bailey, for their advocacy and hard work to get this resource up and running."
The mobile testing center will be located in the parking lot of the Bay Plaza AMC Theater at 2210 Bartow Ave. The site will prioritize tests for individuals that are among the highest risk population. Residents who would like to be tested must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. There will be no walk-ins allowed and all patients must be in a vehicle. The center is slated to be operational on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 10 am. Site hours will be Monday - Sunday, 8am - 6pm.
Senator Bailey said, "I am pleased to inform the community that Co-Op City will be getting a testing site starting Monday. As you all know Co-Op City is a unique community, full of individuals who may be at high risk from symptoms related to COVID-19. Most notably, Co-Op's senior citizen population, as it is the largest Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) in the country and a densely populated area with well over 50,000 residents. The site will be at the Mall At Bay Plaza and will be a drive thru testing center. I'd like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Bendetto and Prestige Properties for permitting the use of their space for such an important public matter."
Assemblymember Benedetto said, "In these difficult times, Governor Cuomo has shown remarkable leadership and today we are seeing more of the same. The residents of the East Bronx needed a testing station and Bay Plaza is an ideal site for it. With 50,000 people living just steps away in Co-op City (which is the largest public housing complex in the nation), many of which are senior citizens, the placement is genius. Thank you Governor and thank you to Speaker Heastie and Senator Bailey who worked so hard to make this happen."
This site is extremely important because of the unique nature and population density of Co-Op City and the surrounding North East Bronx area.
Co-op city is the largest cooperative development of its kind in the world and is home to thousands of families which include many seniors as well as a number of immunocompromised individuals. Over the past few weeks these populations have been found to be more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus.