As most of you know, the prevalence of the coronavirus is disproportionately higher within communities of color. Among the ways we can protect our communities – beyond social distancing, wearing face masks, avoiding group gatherings and basic hand hygiene – is through testing. Thanks to Governor Cuomo, the New York State Department of Health and Northwell Health are going to be offering two types of tests to members of our congregation:

Diagnostic Testing

·       For those in our community who already have symptoms of COVID-19, we are providing diagnostic tests that will determine if somebody already has the virus.  The most-common symptoms of the virus are: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, but can also include fever, chills, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.


·       The testing is quick and easy:  a lab phlebotomist will swab the inside of your nose and you’ll find out the results within a few days.


·       The quicker people are diagnosed, the sooner they can be isolated from family members and friends, and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Antibody Testing

·       We are also going to be offering antibody blood tests, which show if people have had a previous infection with the virus. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections.


·       Testing negative for COVID-19 antibodies means you probably did not have a previous infection.


·       Testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies means you probably did have a previous coronavirus infection.  


·       It’s unclear if those antibodies can protect you against getting infected again, but many people who contract the virus had mild or no symptoms, so this test helps confirm whether you had the virus previously.


·       It also helps show how prevalent COVID-19 is within our community.

Both of these tests are going to be made available at our church from Wednesday, May 13, through Sunday, May 17 at 9:00am-5:00pm.


The diagnostic and antibody testing will NOT be done on the same day.  We will let you know on what days each of the tests will be available. We encourage all of you to participate, especially those who are experiencing symptoms.


The tests are free, and by participating we will be protecting others in our community from getting sick. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo for his leadership in helping to safeguard vulnerable communities.


The number for the community to call to make reservations to be tested is 833-4CARENY or 833-422-7369.