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As Massachusetts restaurants, cafes, gyms, and beaches continue to open, it has become more important than ever to wear a mask in public spaces – anywhere that you can’t keep 6 feet of distance from other people.

It’s also important to expand testing for COVID-19 infections, which is why Massachusetts has increased our number of free testing locations. As part of the Stop the Spread initiative, Massachusetts is offering free COVID-19 testing to an expanded list of 16 communities across the Commonwealth, through August 14th.

The 16 testing sites include:

  • Agawam
  • Brockton
  • Chelsea
  • Everett
  • Fall River
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Marlborough
  • Methuen
  • New Bedford
  • Randolph
  • Revere
  • Springfield
  • Taunton
  • Worcester

The Stop the Spread initiative uses data to focus additional testing resources in communities that are above the state average in total cases and positive test rate, and that have experienced a decline in testing levels since April. All residents of these 16 communities, including people who have no symptoms, are urged to use these sites to get tested.

Complete information about each of these testing locations including address and hours of operation is available at mass.gov/StopTheSpread.

Since launching Stop the Spread on July 10th, more than 20,000 people have been tested at these free testing sites. So far, the COVID-19 Command Center has received results back for 17,189 individuals, with a positivity rate just under 1.8%. The numbers are expected to change as additional testing results come in.

As a reminder, residents who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by the Community Tracing Collaborative or their local board of health about their recent close contacts and next steps. It’s important to answer the call to assist with identifying others who may be at risk and help us stop the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about testing at the DPH About COVID-19 Testing website.

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Communications Director at the Department of Public Health

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