COVID-19 testing opportunities expanding on Cape Cod

BOSTON — Public health officials across Cape Cod are expanding free COVID-19 testing opportunities in response to higher demand from the public amid the rise of the delta variant across the region.

Barnstable County officials are reactivating the free testing program at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth two afternoons a week, the Cape Cod Times reported.

“We just want to make sure we have enough opportunity so if people want to get tested, they can get tested,” said Sean O’Brien, director of Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment.

Cape Cod Healthcare has expanded its COVID-19 testing availability from five days to seven days per week.

A state-sponsored free mobile testing unit at Veterans Memorial Community Center in Provincetown, which was scheduled to end on Saturday, will continue through Labor Day weekend, Provincetown Town Manager Alex Morse said.

Provincetown was the site of a surge in cases late last month.

At Whole Health Pharmacy in Hyannis, which provides free testing, the number of people showing up to be swabbed has risen from two a day in early July to 60 per day as of Wednesday, pharmacist and owner Karryn Lewis said.

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