Tufts Medical Center, which has conducted more than 140,000 COVID-19 tests since March, has moved its COVID-19 testing facility from one side of the hospital campus to the other side at 276 Tremont Street. The new site will allow for more efficiency, with the ability to test 20-30 percent more people daily.
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“We will be able to have 10 people being tested at all times, in a facility that has more space, and allows us to help more people at once,” said Nick Duncan, Director of Emergency Management at Tufts Medical Center. The new location also has an onsite bathroom and will allow patients to be more comfortable while they wait.
“We have room inside for a line of about 40 people, spaced apart 6-feet,” said Duncan, adding that with the cold weather approaching, it’s important to keep people as warm and dry as possible while they wait. “We also set up an outdoor space that is sheltered from the elements that will hold an additional 50 to 60 people in line.”
Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday from 8am – 6pm. The site uses the PCR test, done by a swab of the nasal passage. It is not a rapid test. Test results usually are returned within two to three days.
The site is open to the public and while walk-ins are taken, pre-registration is highly recommended. Go to www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/CovidTesting to pre-register and for more information.