Free walk-up coronavirus testing site opens in Dorchester

Free walk-up testing site opens in Dorchester

DORCHESTER, Mass. — A free, walk-up only coronavirus testing site is open in Dorchester on Monday, as the city works to make more testing available.

The mobile testing site is at the parking lot of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Massachusetts has been closely monitoring the positive test rate, which has increased. On July 26, the rate was 1.9%, but has since increased to 2.2% as of Aug. 2. For most of July, the rate hovered between 1.7% and 1.9%.

The state has been gauging its phased reopening based on the percentages staying at or below 2%.

The one positive out of the recent data is that the number of patients in hospitals has remained relatively steady. But the recent clusters have Massachusetts trying to track down exactly where they are coming from.

The Department of Health is working with local officials whenever a cluster is identified to begin contact tracing.

In Gov. Charlie Baker’s most recent news conference on Friday, he said that Massachusetts has worked on almost 141,000 contact tracing cases.

“This is a reminder to everybody that if you get a call from the tracing collaborative or your local board of health, please answer the call and work with the contact tracers, because that is an incredibly effective way to stop the spread,” Baker said.

On Saturday, Massachusetts initiated a new travel order, requiring visitors coming from any state outside of New York, New Jersey, Hawaii and the New England region to quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test.