Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - Mayor Martin J.
Walsh, in partnership with East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, announced
that the City of Boston's COVID-19 mobile testing site will now be located in
Grove Hall. Testing will be available starting today, Tuesday, September 22
through Saturday, October 3 at 40 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester, across from the
Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library. Testing will be available at no
cost and for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. No appointment is
needed but registration is required. To pre-register, call 617-568-4500 (if you
cannot reach this number, please call 617-569-5800 for assistance).
"Our mobile testing team was created to
strategically expand testing in neighborhoods most in need because we know this
is fundamental for keeping residents safe and healthy," said Mayor Walsh.
"Thank you to East Boston Neighborhood Health Center for their continued
partnership throughout the pandemic."
The dates and hours of operation in the mobile
testing site in Grove Hall are:
Tuesday, September 22-
Friday, September 25: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 26: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 29 -
Friday, October 2: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 3: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This mobile site testing initiative was
announced by Mayor Walsh back in May as a way to help fill any gaps in testing
availability, prioritizing neighborhoods and populations that need dedicated
testing efforts to create equitable access to testing. The site has previously
been located in Roxbury, Allston, South Boston, Mattapan and East Boston. In
the East Boston pop up site location, there were 2,519 COVID-19 tests ordered.
Of results received, approximately 4.9 percent tested positive for COVID-19.
"We are proud to continue working with the
City of Boston to set up pop-up testing sites throughout the city," said
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center president and CEO Manny Lopes. "By
providing sites that are accessible to residents throughout Boston, we can help
identify infection and minimize the spread of COVID-19. East Boston
Neighborhood Health Center is proud to play a role in this citywide public
health response to the pandemic, especially as we enter the fall season."
In addition to the City's mobile testing sites,
COVID-19 testing is available at over 20 locations across the city. Mobile
testing sites also continue to be available at select locations, prioritizing
neighborhoods and populations that need dedicated testing efforts to create equitable
access to testing. Individuals can call the Mayor's Health Line with any
questions using 617-534-5050. For a complete list of all testing sites, visit here.
The City of Boston has been partnering with
community health centers to increase access to testing, particularly in neighborhoods
experiencing higher rates of COVID-19. As of Monday, September 14, 2020, there
were 222,242 COVID-19 tests of Boston residents. Out of 222,242 total tests,
7.5% have tested positive, which is down from 7.9% reported through Monday,
September 7, 2020. For all Boston residents, the positivity for tests increased
slightly from 1.6% for the prior week (September 1-8) to 2.8% for the current
week (September 8-14). The latest numbers of cases from the Boston Public
Health Commission (BPHC) by neighborhoods are available here.
Mayor Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund
Steering Committee have dedicated over $1,794,825 to expand COVID-19 testing
and conduct culturally appropriate outreach and education to community health
centers across City of Boston neighborhoods, including Bowdoin Street Community
Health Center, Codman Square Community Health Center, The Dimock Center,
DotHouse Health, Mattapan Community Health Center, Uphams Corner Community
Health Center, Whittier Street Community Health Center, Charles River Community
Health, Fenway Health, Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center, Harbor
Health, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Harvard Street Neighborhood
Health Center, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, South Boston Community
Health Center, NEW Health Charlestown, South End Community Health Center, and
Brookside Community Health Center. The Fund has also supported telehealth
services and equipment at those community health centers as well to connect
testing to safe treatment options at home.
Resources and information about COVID-19 are
available online. Resources available on boston.gov and through City
departments include support for renters and homeowners; small businesses; free
meals for Boston students; free toiletries for Boston students; support for older
residents; information on homeless shelters; resources for those in recovery or
those who have a substance use disorder; and mental health resources. More
information on Boston's reopening can be found at boston.gov/reopening.
For additional questions or programs, please
visit our coronavirus website or call 3-1-1, Boston's 24-hour constituent
hotline. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to receive text alerts on a regular basis,
available in 11 languages.