With demand dropping, state is closing many “Stop the Spread” COVID test sites

BOSTON — Many “Stop the Spread” COVID-19 testing sites will be closing, effective on April 1, due to the current lack of demand for testing.

It’s a new milestone in the continued drop in positive cases in Massachusetts.

“As the Commonwealth continues to evolve in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stop the Spread testing program will downsize to 11 sites, effective April 1, 2022,” according to a statement from the Baker administration, “Over the past two months, these sites have seen a rapid decline in volume across locations, with an 80% decrease in volume since the beginning of January.”

“At the same time, Massachusetts has continued to see positive trends in COVID-19 metrics. As of March 1, Massachusetts 7-day average of cases reported is down 96% from its peak in January of this year and overall positivity rate is less than 2%,” according to the statement.

Effective April 1, 2022, the eleven testing sites will continue to offer PCR testing. These tests will remain free to any Massachusetts resident, with no insurance or ID necessary.

  • Everett
  • Framingham
  • Lawrence (2 locations)
  • Lynn
  • New Bedford
  • Randolph
  • Revere
  • Springfield (2 locations)
  • Worcester

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