NYC museums and libraries are now giving out free home COVID tests

You will know that you can buy more from the local museums than just a book from the gift shop.

Starting this week, the New York City Test and Trace Corps, a group of doctors, public health professionals and community advocates working to reverse the outbreak of COVID-19 across the city, will distribute kits free COVID home tests at 14 iconic cultural sites. sites and 27 branches of the public library system.

Gifts will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to one per person. They will also only be distributed while supplies last.

“Throughout the pandemic, New York City Libraries – trusted public institutions in all five boroughs – have strongly supported the city’s ongoing work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, connecting New Yorkers to the resources they need to stay healthy and safe,” public libraries in New York, Brooklyn and Queens said in a statement. official statement announcing the news. “Ensuring home testing is readily available is an important part of this fight, and we are delighted to support these efforts. We hope to see New Yorkers in our branches to take a test… and a book. (Note: here are five other things you probably didn’t know you could get for free at your local library.)

The American Museum of Natural History, the El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan are among the participating parties. In Queens, people can pick up kits at the Queens Botanical Garden and Flushing City Hall, among other places. Seven branches of the Brooklyn Public Library have also signed up for the program, as have the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Wave Hill, the Staten Island Children’s Museum and the Staten Island Zoo.

You can view a full list of participating museums and libraries with opening hours on the right here.

As the libraries themselves have stated, in recent years, cultural sites of all types have stepped up to fight the pandemic. Museums and libraries have turned into testing centers, vaccination sites and more in an effort to help New Yorkers try to lead semi-normal lives. This latest effort is another welcome addition to some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

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