PRIORITY TESTING

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September 15, 2020 @11:15 AM


Frontline workers are being exposed to COVID-19 at high rates. State and local government agencies are establishing testing sites for you.
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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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Statewide testing locations open to the public

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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

The state has created an interactive testing map to find a testing site near you. Please contact the site before arrival. Many testing sites require a pre-screening, referral, and/or an appointment.

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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Use Buoy

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.


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.

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

For more information on testing for long-term care facilities, including additional testing entities and options, please visit the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Testing webpage.