When the Mullally family came in to take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing at NYC Council Member Eric Ulrich’s Rockaway office on Thursday, February 4, they had no idea that they would be part of a celebration.
Thursday testing was done as a makeup day for testing that was cancelled earlier in the week due to the snowstorm. The Mullallys were some of many who took advantage of the free testing opportunity and left with a little something more fun than results. The family was presented with a gift bag of snacks, candy, personal protective equipment, and a bottle of wine to commemorate that they were the 998th, 999th and 1,000th persons to be tested at Ulrich’s office.
Ulrich has worked with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Test and Trace Corps to offer regularly scheduled free testing for COVID-19 since early December. Residents can visit the office where they can use a self-swab kit to be sent to a laboratory for molecular PCR testing to check for the presence of the virus. Results of the test are emailed to the client within two days.
“It’s a great service. The staff are patient and informative, and the entire process is very efficient,” Christine Mullally said.
“We’re happy to be able to bring this important service to our constituents,” Council Member Ulrich said. “The Test and Trace Microsite program has been very well-received and we greatly appreciate HHC’s commitment to make testing safe and easy for people that come to our office.”
“Testing is a crucial tool in our ongoing fight against COVID-19, and strong partnerships in the community make it possible to reach New Yorkers where the need is greatest,” NYC Test & Trace Corps Executive Director Dr. Ted Long said. “We thank the office of Councilmember Ulrich for helping us expand convenient testing options at no cost on the Rockaway Peninsula through the mobile self-testing program.”
Ulrich has secured Test and Trace teams for Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. throughout the month of February (except Monday 2/15) to ensure that people can get tested regularly. He looks forward to extending this service into March and beyond if necessary. No appointments are necessary. People are welcome to call Ulrich’s office (718) 318-6411 for further information.
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