The NYC Test & Trace Corps today is hosting a Get Tested Tuesday day of action to reach workers at John K. Kennedy International Airport with COVID-19 testing at no cost and free resources including information and PPE to help stop the spread of the virus. This special installment of the ongoing series of Get Tested Tuesday events recognizes the crucial role that tens of thousands of frontline essential workers at the airport play for New York City.
“Our essential workers have kept New York City going throughout the fight with COVID-19, and on this Get Tested Tuesday, we want to show our appreciation for the employees at JFK Airport by raising awareness of the testing resources available to them at no cost, and other measures they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said NYC Test & Trace Corps Executive Director Dr. Ted Long. “We salute the contributions of essential workers today and every day, and are working to help keep them safe.”
Co-hosted with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Get Tested Tuesday event will encourage airport workers to get tested at no cost at the Test & Trace Corps COVID-19 testing site located at the airport next to the Terminal 5 AirTrain station. Operated in partnership with the Port Authority and Jet Blue, the site offers rapid antigen testing with results returned in under 15 minutes, and is open to all seven days per week.
NYC Test & Trace Corps outreach teams will be deployed at the following times and locations throughout the day on Tuesday, February 23:
11am-1pm: JFK Airport COVID-19 testing site, next to the Terminal 5 AirTrain Station 12pm-2pm: AirTrain JFK, Jamaica Station, 93-43 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435 1pm-3pm: AirTrain JFK, Lefferts Boulevard station, Lefferts Boulevard & Liberty Avenue 4pm-6pm: JFK Airport COVID-19 testing site, next to the Terminal 5 AirTrain Station
The Test & Trace Corps regularly hosts days of action on Tuesdays to urge all New Yorkers to get tested for COVID-19 at a NYC Health + Hospitals site near them at no cost, and practice safety measures including mask wearing, social distancing, and handwashing. Millions of free masks and informational pamphlets have been distributed at hundreds of events since the launch of the Test & Trace Corps in June 2020.
“On Get Tested Tuesday, our outreach team is proud to host an event to reach the essential employees at JFK Airport with resources to help them stay safe from COVID-19,” said NYC Test & Trace Corps Campaign Manager Jonathan Viguers. “Many of those on the frontlines also hail from the hardest-hit communities, and with this effort today, we want to show that as essential workers keep our city running, we have their backs in this fight against the pandemic.”
“Getting tested isn’t just about ensuring our own health. It’s about showing our love and respect for our communities as a whole,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards. “Getting tested is cost-free, painless and takes just a few minutes. For our essential workers at Kennedy Airport who have kept Queens moving throughout this pandemic, we are glad to partner with the NYC Test & Trace Corps to make testing more accessible than ever this Get Tested Tuesday.”
“The Port Authority remains committed to the safety and security of passengers and employees at all of its facilities, including JFK International Airport. We are delighted to continue our partnership with NYC Test & Trace Corps to raise further awareness on the importance, and convenience of receiving a COVID-19 test on-airport,” said Charles Everett, Deputy Director of Aviation and Interim General Manager of JFK Airport.
The Test & Trace Corps is the City’s comprehensive effort to test, trace, and provide support for every case of COVID-19 and every person exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Through a partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Test & Trace Corps allows the City to immediately isolate and care for those who test positive for the virus and then rapidly track, assess, and quarantine anyone who may have been exposed. To help all New Yorkers safely separate at home and monitor their health status, the Take Care pillar of the Test & Trace Corps also offers free hotel rooms with wraparound services for New Yorkers who are unable to safely separate in their own homes. For those safely separating at home, contact tracers perform daily calls and conduct in-person visits as necessary. These calls allow tracers to gauge the progress of cases, ensure proper compliance with separation protocol, and connect people to more supportive services as necessary. Today, 98% of all COVID-19 cases and 97% of contacts reported following isolation and quarantine requirements.
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