Boston Announces Second Free Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The City of Boston has made a second mobile COVID-19 testing unit available for residents, as the city has reported an uptick in positive cases of COVID-19.

According to Mayor Marty Walsh, the new testing site is now located in Nubian Square, in the Blair Parking Lot on Palmer Street and Harrison Avenue.

Additionally, the first COVID-19 mobile testing team, in partnership with East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, has returned to East Boston at Central Square Park on Border Street across from Liberty Plaza Shopping Center.

The City said both testing sites are available at no cost for everyone through Saturday, October 24, regardless of COVID-19 symptoms.

"Making COVID-19 testing accessible for more Bostonians must continue to be one of our top priorities as we respond to the ongoing pandemic. This gives residents clarity and the data guides our cautious, phased reopening," said Mayor Walsh. "Thank you to East Boston Neighborhood Health Center for remaining our partner in keeping residents healthy and bringing vital resources where they are needed."

Testing dates and hours of operation in Nubian Square are:

Wednesday, October 14 - Friday, October 16: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 17: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20 - Friday, October 23: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 24: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Testing dates and hours of operation in East Boston's Central Square are:

Wednesday, October 14: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 15 - Friday, October 16: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 17: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 22 - Friday, October 23: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 24: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Individuals are asked to register for the Nubian Square location by calling 617-858-2406, and for the East Boston location by calling 617-568-4500.

"We thank Mayor Walsh and his team for prioritizing East Boston and welcome the opportunity to provide additional testing capacity to residents in our community. Our sites are safe, convenient, and operated by trusted resources in East Boston," said East Boston Neighborhood Health Center president and CEO Manny Lopes. "We are asking community members to get tested to protect themselves and their loved ones. Together, we can control the spread in this community and across this area."

As of Monday, October 5th there were 297,125 COVID-19 tests of Boston residents. Out of 297,125 total tests, 6.2 percent have tested positive. For all Boston residents, the positivity for tests increased from 3.9 percent for the prior week (September 22 - 28) to 4.1 percent for the current week (September 29 - October 5.)

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