Tufts Medical Center COVID-19 Testing

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After a number of months partnering with the city to stand up a testing site for our Chinatown community inside a school, we have successfully transitioned back to testing at the Medical Center. Read a message from Dr. Mike Apkon >

As of Monday, July 6, 2020, the COVID-19 Testing site will be located at 171 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA in the Tye Pavilion. 


Testing location/directions

Tufts Medical Center’s COVID-19 testing site is located at the: 

171 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
Tye Pavilion

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Hours of operation will be:

Monday—Friday: 8 am–6 pm
Saturday: 8 am-6 pm

Insurance coverage

Although the State of Massachusetts supports broad testing and has launched a new Stop the Spread campaign, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as some private insurers are no longer covering COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic persons with no known exposure to an infected individual. Tufts MC employees and other individuals from our community who are asymptomatic and have not been exposed to COVID-19 may still choose to be tested at the Tye Pavilion, but are encouraged to contact their insurance carrier to confirm coverage. If insurance carriers do not cover a test, the cost is $135.

Free testing that includes asymptomatic individuals will be available at eight centers throughout the Commonwealth through September 12. More details can be found here.

How to access testing

No pre-registration is required and walk-ins are welcome. Signs will direct you to the Tye Pavilion where testing will take place.

What type of test is it?

It is a PCR test which is done by nasopharyngeal swab. It is not a rapid-result test. 

What to bring with you

If you have a form of identification and/or insurance card, please bring it. However, you will not be turned away if you do not have these items.

Post test instructions

The test takes about 2-3 days to get a result. A nurse will call you and share how you can get a copy of your results.

Activating a Patient Portal: View Results / Retrieve Documentation, learn more here >

If you are being tested because you have signs or symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19, you should isolate at home while waiting for your test results. If the result is negative, you may resume normal activities.

If you are being tested because of exposure to a person with COVID-19, you must quarantine at home for 14 days after the last exposure, regardless of the results of your test, because you might still develop infection after the test is done. Even if your test is negative, if you develop symptoms at any point afterwards, you should be tested again. 

Please visit the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website for further guidance.

If you test positive:

If you are positive for COVID-19, you must remain in isolation, away from other people, until at least 10 days since your symptoms began AND until you have been fever-free for 1 day and your symptoms have begun to improve. 

You should not be re-tested for COVID-19. Tests stay positive for weeks to months, and a positive test does not mean that you are contagious.

Symptoms can worsen during the second week of illness. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, please seek emergency medical attention. Call your primary care doctor with any questions or concerns you may have about your infection.

If you have recovered fully form COVID 19, and you have new symptoms please seek medical attention.

When should I be tested for COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 
Testing is recommended for: 

  • Individuals with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID -19 such as, but not limited to, new or worsening fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, rash, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. 
  • Individuals who have no symptoms but had a recent known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 
  • Individuals being tested for purposes of public health surveillance of COVID-19 

Please seek emergency medical attention and/or call 911

If you are experiencing any emergency warning signs for COVID-19, which may include but are not limited to*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face 

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


To learn more about why the Josiah Quincy Elementary School was selected as our original testing location, please click here >