I want everyone tested … I want Everyone Tested Says NYC Mayor de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a media availability. City Hall. Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

“I want everyone tested” are the words uttered today by New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio. He would voice this phrase twice during his COVID-19 daily press conference this morning. It would come at a time when the city and state have ramped up and accelerated its ability to do massive testing throughout the five boroughs. All as part of a massive move to strangle the virus’ growth and movement.

This would also be the third day of the city’s entry into its Phase 1 Reopening status with the anticipation of entering Phase 2 within 2-3 weeks. A time frame that’s dependent upon how the city’s COVID-19 infection rate and other metrics manage to work out.

The Mayor pointed out how there were as many as 33,000 New Yorkers tested in a single day last week. Just as he’s mentioned many times in the past weeks, he stated the city’s desire to reach as many as 50,000 tests per day.

Regarding the Novel Coronavirus, “It is growing all the time, but for this to work the way we want it to, we need everyone to get a test,” said Mr. de Blasio.

“So, I’m reminding all New Yorkers, as you prepare, as these phases begin, as life starts back towards something better, get tested. We think about the school year ahead, I want everyone tested. As you think about going back to work, I want everyone tested. We’re making it more available than ever.

“Anyone who wants to test go to nyc.gov/covid test or call 3-1-1. We have that test for free. It’s simple. It’s fast. It’s free.”

The Mayor pointed out how the city’s testing abilities is expanding through 8 mobile testing trucks in addition to the two he’d already announced previously. In total, those 10 trucks would have a capacity to test 800 individuals per day.

Also, there would be 15 to 20 new testing sites available in community-based clinics which would increase the city’s sites to a total of 200.

In addition, full test kits will be sent to any hospital or site that needs it; regardless of whether they’re a public, private or independent place of health care.

It would not be the first that the Mayor’s voiced his desire for New Yorkers to get tested for COVID-19.

As I’ve written in the past, it was on May 17 that he would first express his desire for all of New York to get tested. “Do you hope for a day when every single New Yorker can be tested regardless of having ever been symptomatic or having ever been in touch with anyone who tested positive?,” I asked.

The Mayor, “I would love nothing more than the day to come when that could be truly as universal as we want it to be.”

On June 5 he would reiterate that which he’s been aiming for: Requesting New Yorkers to get tested.