Framingham Health Director: State May Extend Stop Spread Testing Through June 30

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Interim Health Director Alex DePalo told the 3-member Framingham Board of Health that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may extend the free COVID testing sites in Framingham through June 30.

DePalo said she received an email from the state yesterday, March 8, and they are considering extending the free COVID testing as part of the Stop the Spread campaign.

DePalo told the Framingham Board of Health she is not sure yet if Framingham and its Project Beacon sites will be included, if the state extends the free testing program.

“Project Beacon has been great to work with,” said DePalo.

Project Beacon operates a drive-thru Stop the Spread testing site in a Framingham State University parking lot off Franklin Street in Framingham. There are three lanes, and testing is by appointment only.

At the end of February, Project Beacon opened an inside COVID testing site, at the St T.’s parish center, off Route 135, in downtown Framingham. The walkable testing site is by appointment only, too.

DePalo said the Project Beacon staff provide services in multiple languages and have also been helping people with making appointments.

She told the Board of Health last night, that more than 1,100 individuals have been tested at the indoors site in its first two weeks of operation.

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