With the coronavirus pandemic causing a level of anxiety among members of the community, Chai Urgent Care was declared an eligible testing site for the disease by New York City health department officials.
In order not to endanger regular patients, Chai Urgent Care said it will be conducting all testing at a tent located outside their clinics. No testing or suspected coronavirus cases will be in the building. The clinic itself will be sterilized and kept clean.
There is no appointment necessary for a test. Just walk in to any Chai Urgent Care location and its professional staff will conduct the coronavirus test.
Managers at the clinic said that for years, they have been rehearsing for the eventuality of a pandemic and have an ironclad plan in place. Staff members and providers have rigorously practiced it in order to be ready to safely serve patients as soon as needed. That plan kicked in as soon as it became apparent that the coronavirus was a life threatening illness.
Some of the safety features the Chai Urgent Care clinic is undertaking include wiping down the building and disinfecting it before each shift. Environmental protection agents also roam the building throughout the day and give it a scrubbing every few hours.
Each shift begins with a 15-minute conference call, in which providers and staff members go through the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and what is being done to protect Chai Urgent Care staffers and patients from its effects.
Each one of the clinic’s locations has a considerable supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which include a sufficient quantity of hand sanitizers and all safety gear needed to protect staffers and patients.
Chai Urgent Care locations are open every day from 2PM – Midnight!
Boro Park location:
3808 14th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218
735 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
400 New Hampshire Ave,
Lakewood, NJ, 08701
2206 W County Line Rd
Jackson Township, NJ 08527
Staten Island location:
1975 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10306
Statement From Chai Urgent Care on Testing for COVID-19
NEW YORK, March 17, 2020 – Since opening as an official testing site for COVID-19 several days ago, Chai Urgent Care’s multiple locations have been inundated with people who are anxious and want to be tested.
We would like to clarify who needs to be tested. But even more importantly, who does NOT need to be tested.
If you are under 60 years old, you are healthy and you are not around older people, you do not need to be tested. We are already at the stage, unfortunately, where everyone must act as if they are COVID-19 carriers.
If you are feeling fine, then go about your day, although under the new heightened awareness of the coronavirus pandemic era and stay away from older or unhealthy people. But you do not need to be tested.
If you have a fever and cough, stay home and rest. You do not need to be tested. If you feel you are having shortness of breath or any acute event, seek medical care. You do not need to be tested.
Here’s when you should be tested. If you have come into contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms, you have symptoms yourself, and are in a high risk group. Please come to a Chai Urgent Care center for a test and you could expect results between 2-4 days. High risk patients include older adults and people with serious medical conditions such heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, etc.
Stay safe, keep calm, and have a healthy and good day.