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Boston Testing Sites for COVID-19

The City of Boston is partnering with community health centers, hospitals and pharmacies to increase access to COVID-19 testing for Boston residents.
  • Testing is available at no cost to individual regardless of insurance or immigration status, and will not affect "public charge" rule determinations.  

  • Some sites require you to CALL AHEAD for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment.

  • Hours vary between sites. Please call ahead.

  • Many of these sites have capacity for languages in addition to English.

  • Contact your health insurance provider with insurance coverage questions.

The multilingual Mayor's Health Line (617-534-5050) can help with health insurance applications, navigating Boston's health care system and COVID-19 questions.

Boston COVID-19 Testing Sites Map
Click here or the image below for an interactive map of testing sites

PLEASE NOTE: This map will be updated frequently to reflect new sites available for testing.
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The state also put together a map of testing locations outside of the City of Boston.

Could I have COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. The most common way in which COVID-19 is acquired is through close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. However, community transmission is now happening. Community transmission occurs when a virus spreads and the source is not known.

Should I go to my doctor and get tested for COVID-19?

If you have symptoms you think are due this virus you should call your health care provider. Your health care provider will assess your symptoms and will determine if you should be tested.  It is important that everyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 seek care to confirm diagnosis.  This will allow you to receive appropriate advice on caring for yourself and preventing spread to your family, friends, and other close contacts.  This is especially important for individuals at high risk for complications from COVID-19 such as:

  • Older adults
  • People with underlying health conditions
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Pregnant women

People in close contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19 are at higher risk of getting infected themselves, and infecting others. Close contacts are defined as someone who was within 6 feet of a case, for at least 10-15 minutes, while the infected person had symptoms or within the 48 hours before symptoms started. The local board of health will notify you if you are considered a close contact with an infected person. You should be tested as soon as possible after notification.

If you are a health care worker in contact with patients or other health care workers, or if you are a first responder (EMS, fire, police), you need to be tested regardless of the high-risk criteria if you become symptomatic.

Follow the links below for answers to all of your questions about when to get tested.

When to be Tested for COVID-19:

Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Cases
If you are sick and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the links below provide information to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

What to do if you are a Confirmed or Suspected Case:

BUOY HEALTH, A BOSTON BASED COMPANY IS OFFERING FREE COVID-19 ONLINE SCREENINGS.
CLICK HERE IF YOU THINK YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS.
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