Mayor Vigeant: Marlborough Hospital & AFC Urgent Care Offering Free ‘Stop The Spread’ COVID-19 Tests
The following is a press release from Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s office.
MARLBOROUGH – Today, July 9 Mayor Arthur Vigeant and Public Health Director John Garside held a press conference regarding additional COVID-19 testing and re-opening efforts within the City.
Mayor Vigeant noted that the Baker-Polito Administration announced the “Stop the Spread” Program to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The initiative will provide free COVID-19 testing in some demographic regions, including in Marlborough.
Residents are urged to take advantage of these new testing sites, even if they are asymptomatic.
Free testing is available at the following locations beginning tomorrow, July 10:
• Marlborough Hospital, 157 Union Street. – Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to noon
• AFC Urgent Care, 38 Boston Post Road West – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional facilities are expected to be announced in the upcoming days.
Information on testing times and locations can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread.
Currently, Marlborough has 17 active cases of COVID-19 with a 2.7% positivity rate.
The above-average percentages noted by the state can be attributed to several variables, including increased testing and state-approved long-term care facilities accepting COVID-19 positive patients from all over the Commonwealth.
The City of Marlborough continues to work with residents and businesses to safely re-open our City.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to follow COVID-19 safety protocols including practicing social distancing, handwashing / sanitization, and wearing a face coverings when you cannot remain 6 feet away from others while out in public.
Mayor Vigeant also provided updates on the following:
Marlborough City Hall is open by appointment only. To make an appointment, citizens should call
or email the City department that they wish to visit. A full list of City of Marlborough Departments
can be located at https://www.marlborough-ma.gov/departments.
Additional protective measures have been taken, such as plexiglass barriers in heavily populated areas, distance reminder placards, and hand sanitization stations.
The Library, Fire Department, Police Department, DPW, Senior Center, and Housing and Community Development will remain closed.
Although the Senior Center remains closed, the Veteran’s office, located at the Senior Center, is open by appointment only.
It is asked that the public continue to use the City of Marlborough’s remote capabilities to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the drop boxes in front of and behind City Hall will remain in place and checked frequently.
The City of Marlborough’s full assortment of summertime recreational facilities are now open for your enjoyment. This includes Memorial Beach, The Splash Pad at Ghiloni Park, and the Ward and Farrell wading pools. Please visit https://www.marlborough-ma.gov/recreation-department for times of operation and specific health and safety guidelines.
The Marlborough Community Cupboard continues to effectively respond to the increased demand for food caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. Individuals and families can depend on the Marlborough Community Cupboard food pantry located at 255 Main Street. For assistance, please call the Mayor’s office at 508-460-3770 or The Community Cupboard at 508-370-4902. The Community Cupboard is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The City of Marlborough continues to work with our community, state, and federal partners to stay informed and will continue to update residents when new information becomes available. COVID19 information is also available on the city’s website at https://city-of-marlborough-coronavirusresponse-marlboroughma.hub.arcgis.com/. If you begin to feel symptoms such as fever over 100
degrees, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your primary care physician.