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FRAMINGHAM – Last Friday, Framingham closed its drive-thru free coronavirus testing site at Keefe Technical.

Yesterday, the state designed Framingham has one of the high-risk coronavirus communities in the Commonwealth.

Framingham had been a yellow community last Wednesday with a 5.5 rate of 100,000 and yesterday, it had increased to 8.7 rate of 100,000.

Any community with a rate of 8.0 or higher is designated a high-risk community. Framingham has the 7th highest rate in the state over the last 14 days.

And yet, the City still does not have a location to replace the Keefe Technical free testing site.

“In terms of a testing site, we need a space that is large enough to for a busy drive-through testing site to function properly. There isn’t a lot of such locations in Framingham (we identified maybe 6 or 7 of such locations),” said Framingham Health Director Sam Wong to SOURCE.

“We have been working with owners of these properties across the city that we think could meet the requirements.  We are still going over the details at this point for a chosen location.”

Framingham had a drive-thru testing site at Keefe Technical High School through last Friday, but it stopped, as Keefe Tech is preparing for the re-opening of school in -person.

Currently, there is only a walk-up (no parking) free testing site at Amazing Things Arts Center on Hollis Street (Route 135) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.