PRIORITY TESTING

Last updated
June 4, 2020 @6:01 PM


Frontline workers are being exposed to COVID-19 at high rates. State and local government agencies are establishing free priority testing sites for you.

Drive-Thru Testing sites for public safety & other frontline personnel

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Buoy is a free online screening tool that residents can use to assess symptoms and risk factors. This tool can determine if you should get tested and will then direct you to the most appropriate resource, including a list of all testing locations in Massachusetts.

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SUFFOLK DOWNS

525 William F McClellan Hwy
Boston, MA 02128

Established by the City of Boston. This testing site is available to the Boston Police Department, the Boston Fire Department, Boston EMS, City of Boston frontline employees, Boston Public Health Commission frontline employees, and East Boston residents who meet the Department of Public Health’s testing criteria.

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Drive-through, by appt. only
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Testing provided at no cost
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2PM to 4PM, 7 days a week

Instructions for eligible personnel:

  • If you are symptomatic, contact your department’s COVID-19 testing liaison to be screened.
  • You are also encouraged to reach out to your primary care physician for testing and guidance on symptom management.
  • If you require testing and are unable to access through your primary care physician within 24 hours, your department’s COVID-19 testing liaison can coordinate with the Mayor’s Health Line to schedule an appointment at Suffolk Downs.
  • You do not need to exit the vehicle for testing.

GILLETTE STADIUM

2 Patriot Pl
Parking Lot P-10
Foxborough, MA 02035

Established by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Available to state and municipal police officers, firefighters, EMS and PSAP personnel, corrections officers, mortuary service providers, Massachusetts National Guard personnel on state active duty, and grocery store and supermarket workers regardless of whether they are showing symptoms.

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Drive-through, by appt. only
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Testing provided at no cost
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9AM to 5PM, 7 days a week

Instructions for eligible personnel:

  • You do not need to be exhibiting symptoms to get tested.
  • Notify a supervisor and provide your supervisor with your preferred testing site (Gillette or Big E) and identifying information to be given to the testing site; appointments must be scheduled by department chiefs, employers, or their designee.
  • You may also consider calling your doctor, particularly if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Public safety personnel: Bring your driver’s license and valid public safety ID to the testing site (if your agency does not issue IDs, you may bring a letter on letterhead as proof of employment).
    Grocery store and supermarket workers
    : Bring your driver's license or valid ID to the testing site.
  • You do not need to exit the vehicle for testing.
  • Test results of symptomatic personnel can be expected within 24-48 hours; test results of asymptomatic personnel can be expected within 3-5 days; all results will be sent electronically.

Big E Fairgrounds

1761 Memorial Avenue, Gate 1
West Springfield, MA

Established by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Available to state and municipal police officers, firefighters, EMS and PSAP personnel, corrections officers, mortuary service providers, Massachusetts National Guard personnel on state active duty, and grocery store workers regardless of whether they are showing symptoms.

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Drive-through, by appt. only
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Testing provided at no cost
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9AM to 5PM, 7 days a week

Instructions for eligible personnel:

  • You do not need to be exhibiting symptoms to get tested.
  • Notify a supervisor and provide your supervisor with your preferred testing site (Big E or Gillette) and identifying information to be given to the testing site; appointments must be scheduled by department chiefs, employers, or their designee.
  • You may also consider calling your doctor, particularly if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Public safety personnel: Bring your driver’s license and valid public safety ID to the testing site (if your agency does not issue IDs, you may bring a letter on letterhead as proof of employment).
    Grocery store and supermarket workers: Bring your driver's license or valid ID to the testing site.
  • You do not need to exit the vehicle for testing.
  • Test results of symptomatic personnel can be expected within 24-48 hours; test results of asymptomatic personnel can be expected within 3-5 days; all results will be sent electronically.

Drive-Thru Testing sites for the public

Buoy

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Buoy is a free online screening tool that residents can use to assess symptoms and risk factors. This tool can determine if you should get tested and will then direct you to the most appropriate resource, including a list of all testing locations in Massachusetts.

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SHOWCASE CINEMA

32 Reiss Ave
Lowell, MA 01851

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency have established a rapid testing site at Showcase Cinema de Lux Lowell. This drive-thru testing location is available to members of the public who are symptomatic or at high-risk. Individuals are required to pre-register with CVS Health. Appointments are required and scheduling is same day only.

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Drive-through, by appt. only
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Monday - Friday, 9AM to 5PM; Saturday, 10AM to 4PM; and Sunday, 10AM to 3PM

Online screening tool

Buoy

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Buoy is a free online screening tool that residents can use to assess symptoms and risk factors. This tool can determine if you should get tested and will then direct you to the most appropriate resource, including a list of all testing locations in Massachusetts.

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Use Buoy

Buoy is a free online screening tool that residents can use to assess symptoms and risk factors. This tool can determine if you should get tested and will then direct you to the most appropriate resource, including a list of all testing locations in Massachusetts. Buoy is available in English and Spanish.



Testing for long-term care and assisted living facilities

Buoy

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Buoy is a free online screening tool that residents can use to assess symptoms and risk factors. This tool can determine if you should get tested and will then direct you to the most appropriate resource, including a list of all testing locations in Massachusetts.

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The Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Massachusetts National Guard and other entities, is operating a mobile testing program to allow for safe, in-facility testing of residents and staff by trained personnel through June 15th. All residents and employees, regardless of whether anyone is experiencing symptoms, are eligible to be tested. Currently, facilities can only receive one baseline test for all symptomatic and asymptomatic residents and staff, but facilities may request additional testing for for staff, symptomatic residents and staff, and individuals in close contact with positive cases as needed. Testing samples are transported to the State Public Health Laboratory for prioritized testing. Testing through this program is paid for by the state.

Instructions for facility administrators or designees:

  • Nursing homes, rest homes, and assisted living residences (facilities) can schedule in-facility testing by the MA National Guard or a state-contracted EMS provider.
  • You must have testing orders from a licensed provider (e.g. facility’s on-site medical director, facility’s licensed independent provider, or individuals’ providers) for all tests.
  • It is recommended that you order testing for all residents and staff.
  • Read more about the Mobile Testing Program and protocol here.
  • Read more the COVID-19 Testing Guidance here
  • Call the Mobile Testing hotline by June 10 to request testing.
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617-366-2350
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8AM to 4PM, Monday through Saturday (until June 12th)

The Mobile Testing Program will conclude on June 15th. After June 15th, facilities should arrange testing for residents and staff on their own, including through the below list of testing options. Facilities are responsible for arranging payment with the testing providers.

Testing options:


1. Long-term care (LTC) facilities may coordinate with entities including local hospitals, community health centers, EMS providers, or other qualified testing providers to come on-site to conduct the testing, process the test at a qualified laboratory and return results in accordance with state and federal guidance.

    • Fallon EMS: call 617-745-9999 or visit Fallon's website
    • Brewster Ambulance: contact Chris Dibona, Clinical Director, at 617-594-9617 or cdibona@brewsterambulance.com
    • Orig3n: to request on-site testing or order test kits, visit Orig3n's website

2. If on-site personnel are able to conduct the testing, LTC facilities may also obtain test kits from a lab, conduct the swab, and submit the specimen collection to the lab.


3. LTC facilities may send staff to a local test site.

    • You can view the state map of testing locations here, or download a full list of sites here.
    • A community health center may also have testing capacity. You can find a nearby community health center here.

4. LTC facilities that only need to test less than 50 individuals (symptomatic and close contact can contact the DPH Epidemiology Line to order test kits.

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617-983-6800

The state’s COVID-19 Testing Guidance is available here.

For additional information on testing for long-term care facilities, including Guidance for On-Site Testing Locations, please visit the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Testing webpage.