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Free COVID testing sites to open Friday

Baker-Polito Administration announce coronavirus testing sites in eight communities


LOWELL – Free coronavirus testing sites will be available to residents in eight cities for a month starting this Friday. Lowell is one of those cities.

The Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of the testing sites on Wednesday afternoon as part of its “Stop the Spread” initiative.

From July 10 to Aug. 14, testing will also be offered in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lynn, Marlborough and New Bedford.

In Lowell, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the testing will be offered between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Lowell Community Health Center, by appointment only; call 978-937-9700.

In Lowell, on Mondays and Fridays, testing will be at the Life Connection Center, 192 Appleton St., from noon until 4 p.m.

The administration is recommending all residents, even those who are asymptomatic, to take advantage of the testing.

“While the Commonwealth has made progress on reducing the overall positive test rate, there are still communities where the number of positive tests is above the average of the rest of the state,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a press release. “Focusing our efforts to increase testing in these communities will help identify new cases and stop the spread. Residents of these communities, even those who are asymptomatic, are urged to take advantage of these new sites.”

“This initiative will provide widespread testing in easy to access community locations,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito added. “If you live in these communities, please get tested to protect your family, loved ones and neighbors from COVID-19.”

According to the administration, 27 percent of the positive coronavirus tests in Massachusetts over the last two weeks have been recorded in the eight towns hosting the testing sites. The number of residents in those eight towns make up about nine percent of the state’s overall population. Total testing in those towns has decreased by 39 percent since the end of April.

As of July 7, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health have confirmed 104,799 cases of coronavirus and 7,998 deaths from the virus.

“Increased testing within these communities will help to identify new cases of COVID-19 and break the chains of community transmission,” Marylou Sudders, secretary of the COVID-19 Command Center Director & Health and Human Services said in the release. “As we move into the summer, we will continue to closely monitor positivity and testing rates across the Commonwealth.”

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