Commonwealth Extends Free COVID Testing in Framingham Through End of Year

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FRAMINGHAM – There are three free COVID testing sites in the City, run by Fallon Ambulance and paid for by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

They were set to close on October 31, by the state has decided to extend the Stop the Spread program through the end of the year.

The State pays the cost for operating them with Fallon Ambulance.

There is a drive-thru testing site at Walsh Middle School, which is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

But there are issues with capacity there, said Framingham Health Director Sam Wong.

Wong said tonight, October 20, that the Walsh site will close at the end of the month, as more students are headed back to the classrooms on November 5.

The health director said the City is looking to identify a new drive-thru site.

The drive-thru site was at Keefe Tech in August and Staples corporate HQ in September.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there is a walk-up site at Amazing Things Arts Center on Hollis Street from 3 to 6 p.m. Wong said it averages about 125 to 150 tests daily.

On Mondays, Wednesday, & Friday, SMOC HQ is hosting a testing site from 3 to 6 p.m. There is limited parking. Wong said it averages about 200 tests per day.

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