BOSTON – As required to secure COVID-19 testing resources allocated in legislation passed by Congress on April 24, the Baker-Polito Administration will submit its plan to expand testing to the federal government this month.
The plan builds on previously expanded testing criteria, and calls for the following:
- Boost overall testing capacity to 45,000 daily tests by the end of July, and 75,000 daily tests by the end of December, with the goal of decreasing positivity rate to less than 5 percent.
- Lab processing capacity is also planned to expand, enabling preparedness for a potential testing surge in the fall.
- Testing expansion for residents and patients in high-risk congregate settings like state hospitals, group homes and correctional facilities will continue, and the Administration will ensure testing for individuals who are symptomatic, close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases or whose employment places them at a high risk.
- Randomized testing for surveillance purposes to build on the Community Tracing Collaborative’s contact tracing efforts.
- Improved turnaround time of testing to provide same-day or next-day results.
When implementing the new testing proposed in this plan, communities with low testing availability, hotspots with high positive rates and high density areas will be the priorities.