Since I returned from a road trip across the country I thought it would be a good idea to make sure I wasn’t super exposed to anything during my time in states where vaccination rates are much lower. Well, good news: I am NEGATIVE (focus on the negative…. – I’ve been listening to the cast recording of The Waitress recently). And since my go-to NYC Health + Hospitals location no longer exists (I used to go to this senior center on Albany Ave) I found a new method: LabQ Mobile Testing. It was pretty easy and way faster than average.
Basically, these are a bunch of mobile testing trucks that drive around the NYC area. From my understanding, some have regular spots and others go to different places daily. All you have to do is register with your information in advance on their website, then walk up, show your ID, get your nose swabbed, and be on your merry way.
Since I chose a place I was already close to (i.e. the Bowling Green Customs House) the location I went to was a bit more busy. Wall Street is pretty crowded in general so I had to wait for about 35 minutes before getting swabbed. That being said, I walked by another spot today near Union Square and there was literally no line. So, it’s possible you could just get it done in five minutes or less. I should add that the swabb-er did spend 10-15 seconds scrubbing each of my nostrils so I feel like it’s a pretty accurate result.
To their credit, the promise of getting results back within 24 hours was good! I was tested at around 11am and by 3am the next morning I had received my results. So good!
I recommend using their service if you want/need to.