C0VID-19 testing

Diagnostic, antibody, and rapid testing available now.

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We offer two types of tests: a diagnostic test that will tell you if you currently have COVID-19 and an antibody test that detects if you have been previously exposed to COVID-19 or related coronavirus. Testing is by appointment only. 718-784-2240 extension 186. Rapid testing – where you will be notified of results in approximately 15 minutes – is also available by appointment.

• A diagnostic test determines if you have an active COVID-19 infection. It is administered via an RNA nasal swab. The swab is sent to a lab to determine if viral RNA is present. If it is present, you have a positive diagnosis for COVID-19

• An antibody test, administered via serum blood draw, will help you determine if you have been exposed to coronavirus and if your body has produced antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that help you fight infections. A positive test

might mean that you had coronavirus but not necessarily COVID-19. Your body may take a long time to develop enough antibodies to be detected by the test: the average is 1-3 weeks from infection. Some people might not develop antibodies at all.

Testing is available at most of our clinic sites. Please inquire to find the location nearest you when you call for your testing appointment.


All results will be available on The Floating Hospital patient portal.

• If you were a patient of The Floating Hospital prior to your test, you have a patient portal profile.
• If your test was your first visit to The Floating Hospital, you were signed up with this visit.

You will receive an email notification when your results are available. This could 3-5 business days from when you take the test.

Patient Portal


Insured patients: you are covered for COVID-19 testing at The Floating Hospital. We do not collect co-pays for COVID-19 testing-only visits.

Uninsured patients: testing is free and covered by federal funds.

Case managers: COVID-19 testing appointment phone numbers

Testing is by appointment only. For appointments at the following satellite clinics, please call the relevant number below.

Help Morris 718-872-9480
Flatlands 718-257-2978
Auburn 718-872-9460


Testing does not determine if you are immune to COVID-19. Someone who has had the virus might still be contagious even if they have tested positive for antibodies. Please continue to practice safety measures such as social distancing, wearing face coverings or masks in public, and frequent hand washing. Self-isolate if you test positive for the virus or are showing symptoms of possible infection.

Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, body aches, headaches, diarrhea, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Symptoms can be mild to severe.

Seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 if you have any of these symptoms: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Let the operator know that you or someone in your care might have COVID-19. If you can, cover your face or that of the person in your care with a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.*

*CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html