Lynn Extends Free COVID-19 Testing Into September


LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Free COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered in the city of Lynn until September 12.

As part of Massachusetts' "Stop the Spread" initiative, the testing was originally scheduled to end Friday, August 14, but was extended to mid-September due to a recent spike in positive coronavirus cases statewide.

Lynn has seen 4,216 positive COVID-19 cases and 111 deaths to date.

The majority of testing in Lynn is offered through the Lynn Community Health Center. Their outdoor walk-through site is located in the Element Care parking lot at 9 Buffum St.

The center's hours are from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.) on Thursday; and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.

The health center tests about 1,000 people per week. Appointments are not necessary to get tested, though it is recommended people call ahead to schedule an appointment due to high demand.

Additional testing is offered through Health Innovations/Healthy Streets Outreach Program, which has a mobile testing van set up at Lynn English High School at 50 Goodridge St.

The van is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12:30-1:30 p.m.) on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

"Stop the Spread" was launched in July to target eight communities hit hard by COVID-19, but has since expanded to 17. These communities are Agawam, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Taunton, and Worcester.

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