News Flash Home
The original item was published from 1/18/2021 1:26:50 PM to 3/2/2021 12:00:03 AM.

News Flash


Posted on: January 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Roosevelt Island to Open COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site for Residents and Community

RIOC and COVID Rapid Testing Site Staff

Roosevelt Island to Open COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site for Residents and Community


Free COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site to Open at 9 AM on January 20th at 524 Main Street


(Roosevelt Island, NY Jan. 18, 2021) – The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced today that, in an effort to safely and smartly reopen economies in accordance with state health guidelines, they will be offering residents and the community at large free COVID-19 rapid testing starting Wednesday, January 20th at 9 AM.


Our mission has and continues to be providing innovative services that enhance the island’s community. With the help of partners like David Kramer of Hudson Related Companies and Swift Emergency Care Testing, we’re doing just that,” said Shelton J. Haynes, Acting President and CEO of RIOC. “To be the first, in this network of COVID-19 rapid testing sites that will reach across the state, brings us immense pride and hope for a safe reopening of our neighborhood and beyond in accordance with the state’s health guidelines.”


The testing site, which was formerly a branch of the New York Public Library, will be located at 524 Main Street on Roosevelt Island. It will offer free tests, operate on a pre-registration or walk-in basis, and give results in as little as 15 minutes to approximately 24 hours, depending upon volume.


Operating Wednesday through Saturday, 9 AM. to 5 PM, the site will have the capacity to test up to 500 individuals a day. Testing is free and no insurance is required for visitation. For more information, please visit


About the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) was created in 1984 by the State of New York as a public benefit corporation with a mission to plan, design, develop, operate, and maintain Roosevelt Island. With a focus on innovative and environmentally friendly solutions, RIOC is committed to providing services that enhance the island's residential community. RIOC manages the two-mile long island's roads, parks, buildings, a sports facility, and public transportation, including the iconic Roosevelt Island Tramway. Additionally, RIOC operates a Public Safety Department that helps maintain a safe and secure environment for residents, employees, business owners, and visitors.


To learn more about RIOC, visit


Facebook Twitter Email