Dedham offering free coronavirus testing for residents after uptick in cases

Dedham offering free coronavirus testing for residents after uptick in cases
A mobile testing site in Allston/Brighton. (Evan White/WFXT)

DEDHAM, Mass. — The town of Dedham is urging residents to get tested for the coronavirus at a new mobile testing site opening Sunday after state data showed an uptick in cases.

Dedham officials said its recent designation as a 'red’ town where cases are rising shows the need for widespread testing. Dedham schools announced earlier in the week that they were delaying the start of phasing in in-person classes on Sept. 21 due to rising infection rates. Dedham officials on Thursday said they believed some of the recent cases were linked to gatherings.

All residents, including those without symptoms, can get tested for free at the site located at Endicott Estate, 656 East St., starting Sunday.

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The site will be open Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Testing will allow us to ensure that those who test positive are informed of the necessary steps to take to keep from spreading the virus to others," said Leanne Jasset, the chairwoman of the Dedham Board of Health. "We will also be able to contact people who have been in contact with a positive case, which will help us to truly stop the spread as quickly as possible.”

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