New Bronx COVID testing site opens as positivity rates soar in borough


FOXHURST, the Bronx — A much-needed new mobile COVID testing site opened Wednesday morning at Benjamin Gladstone Square in the Bronx, where the positivity rate crept toward 28% overall for the borough.

Broken down further, the Bronx is home to the 10 zip codes with the highest seven-day positivity rates across the city, some even inching toward 50%.

Some of the neighborhoods affected include Claremont, Belmont, and Concourse.

All 10 of these zip codes have seven-day positivity rates of more than 40%. In the Fordham area, more than 47% of new COVID tests were positive.

Trying to get a test in the Bronx has been a struggle, with some people being forced to wait hours in the cold. Those who can get tested must wait days for PCR lab results.

Mayor Eric Adams visited Concourse Village Elementary School in the Bronx on Monday to talk about keeping COVID out of classrooms and schools open.

The new testing site at Benjamin Gladstone Square offers only rapid tests and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. All tests are free.

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