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FRAMINGHAM – During the first two weeks of the new walk-up COVID testing site at the Father Mashi Parish Center at St. Tarcisius Parish, more than 1,100 individuals have been tested, said Framingham Interim Health Director Alex DePalo to the Framingham Health Board tonight, March 8.

Project Beacon opened its second, free COVID-19 testing site in the City of Framingham on February 24, as part of the Commonwealth’s Stop the Spread program.

The new walk-through COVID-19 testing site is at Saint Tarcisius Parish on Waverly Street inside the Father Maschi Parish Center.

During its first week open, 340 individuals were tested, said DePalo.

During the second week, that number nearly doubled to 765 individuals, according to DePalo.

The City of Framingham’s positive rate for the coronavirus has been 3% over the last 14 days.

The walk-through COVID testing site is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. but by appointment only.

Visit to make an appointment.

DePalo said having an indoor testing site came in helpful last week, when the Project Beacon drive-thru site had to close due to high winds. She said individuals who were scheduled to be tested via the drive-thru were offered appointments at the indoor site.

The walk-in COVID testing site at the Parish Center is also the voting location for residents in District 8, Precincts 15 & 18.

In December 2020, the City of Framingham closed its outdoors COVID testing site at SMOC HQ on Bishop Street.

No insurance is needed for the new walk-up testing site at the Parish Center.

The testing is open to all Massachusetts residents, not just Framingham residents.

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