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Boston Testing Sites for COVID-19

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View this week's (May 23-May 29) Walk-In COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites here.

Looking for COVID-19 vaccine clinics? Find this week's vaccine calendar on our COVID-19 Vaccine page

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.

  • 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.


When to Test for COVID-19:

  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, travelled recently, attended large gatherings, were recently exposed to COVID-19, or are spending time with others who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease.  
     
    • Use an at-home, antigen test. For at home testing guidance, click here: Antigen Guidance. 

    • Or, for a free PCR test, visit one of our testing locations found above.

  • Get tested as soon as possible after your symptoms start.

  • While waiting for test results, wear a mask and stay away from others, including staying apart from those living in your household.


Testing Resources:
  • To order free at home COVID-19 tests from the Federal Government, click here.

  • Videos in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole on how to take a rapid test may be found here.
  • For more information about where to find a test, visit boston.gov/covid19-testing or call the Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050.  
  • At-home tests are available for sale at retail stores. Your insurance plan may cover the cost of at-home tests. If you haven't already, you can order free tests at www.covid.gov/tests or by calling 1-800-232-0233. 


If You Test Positive for COVID-19:

  • For complete guidance, including testing, and isolation guidance, click here

  • Isolate- Find BPHC's Isolation Guidance here

  • Contact your healthcare provider right away, even if your symptoms are mild – you may be eligible for COVID-19 treatment

  • Treatments may be available for people with COVID-19 who are at risk for becoming very sick.
     
    • Don't delay: Treatment must be started early to be effective—some treatments must begin within 5 days of your first symptoms.

Early treatments that prevent severe illness and hospitalization may be an option for you: 
  • Call (508) 213-1380 to speak with a Gothams representative. 
  • If you're eligible for COVID-19 treatment, they can schedule an infusion appointment for you at one of their 7 sites in Massachusetts. 
  • Gothams COVID-19 Self-Referral Treatment Line is open Monday–Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition, you may qualify for in home treatment:
  • Visit mass.gov/InHomeCovidTreatments to learn more about eligibility.
  • Telehealth is available for individuals 18 or older living in Massachusetts who are positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms. Learn more at mass.gov/CovidTelehealth.
    • Telehealth is a quick and easy way to see if Paxlovid, a COVID-19 treatment pill taken, is right for you. If it is, pickup at your local pharmacy or free overnight delivery will be arranged.

View a map of all locations offering antiviral pills and monoclonal antibody treatment: MAP


If you have emergency warning signs, call 911

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or pressure in chest
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds
  • Confused or finding it hard to wake or stay awake
  • Other serious symptoms

COVID-19 Symptoms
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rashes 
  • In elderly, chronically ill, or debilitated individuals such as residents of a long-term care facility, symptoms of COVID-19 may be subtle such as alterations in mental status or in blood glucose control

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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