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City Manager Eileen Donoghue confirmed that Lowell is now in the state’s ‘red’ zone for COVID-19 transmission.
SUN FILE PHOTO
City Manager Eileen Donoghue confirmed that Lowell is now in the state’s ‘red’ zone for COVID-19 transmission. SUN FILE PHOTO
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LOWELL – Free COVID-19 testing has returned to the city through the state’s Stop the Spread program, and will be available seven days a week for the foreseeable future.

“While we have made significant progress in combatting the spread of COVID-19 in Lowell through our efforts to vaccinate a high volume of residents, testing remains a critical tool in limiting transmission,” City Manager Eileen Donoghue said in a statement. “As more sectors of the economy begin to reopen and scale up operations, the availability of a low-barrier testing site is particularly valuable to the continued safety of our community.”

The testing will be offered in the parking lot of Cawley Memorial Stadium, located at 424 Douglas Road. Available hours are as follows:

-Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-Tuesday and Thursday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

-Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Massachusetts residents, including those who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are eligible to be tested at the site. Appointments can be reserved online at lowellma.gov/covidtesting. Walk-ups will also be accepted.

Those arriving for testing must enter the site from Douglas Road and should not enter from Village Street. There will be signs around Cawley Memorial Stadium to direct drivers to the appropriate entrance.

Testing will be conducted by medical personnel from CIC Health. The site is anticipated to remain in place at Cawley through the summer.

COVID-19 testing is available at many state-supported and private healthcare sites around the state, and is generally covered by insurance and free for symptomatic individuals and their close contacts.

Visit mass.gov/covid-19-testing for a full list of testing sites in Massachusetts.