Two new COVID-19 test sites to open at Times Square

Two new state-funded COVID-19 testing sites will open in New York City’s subway system next Monday, with another five on the way as New Yorkers grapple with long lines and a spike in positive cases, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday.

“We have a lot of facilities coming online, as you mentioned, many places are having long lines. We’re trying to eradicate that by making [tests] available right where people are right where they commute and go into their offices in New York City,” Hochul said during a press conference in Buffalo Wednesday afternoon.

The first two sites will open on Monday, Dec. 27 at the MTA’s pop-up vaccination clinics located at the Times Square-42nd St. subway stop and at  Grand Central Terminal.

They will be open seven days a week for walk-in PCR tests — with no appointment needed, according to Hochul’s office.

The new testing sites are expected to open amid a rise in demand for COVID testing in NYC as Omicron cases spike throughout the city.
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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul holds COVID-19 briefing at governor's office on 3rd Avenue.
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced two new sites opening Monday, with another five on the way.
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The Times Square spot will operate from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M daily and at Grand Central Terminal, from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Both sites will be closed on New Year’s Day. Details as to where and when the five additional sites will open within the five boroughs have yet to be finalized, Hochul’s office said.

Since May, the MTA’s sites have administered 36,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines to individuals.