Free COVID-19 testing site improved in Holyoke

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – You may notice a few changes the next time you go for a COVID-19 test at one of the “Stop the Spread” test sites in Holyoke.

To keep up with high demand Sean Gonsalves, Director of the Holyoke Board of Health, announced the testing staff will be doubled at both of the city’s Stop the Spread locations starting this week. Those include the walk-up testing site on Appleton Street and the drive-thru site at Holyoke Community College.

“Yeah I think it’s worth it and definitely apparent also,” said Holyoke resident William Cleary. “I got one before and I’ve waited over an hour so it’s gotten a lot better.”

The drive-through testing at Holyoke Community College is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. On Tuesday and Thursday the testing is open from 2:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m.

Kristen Gelonka of Holyoke said she only had to wait minutes instead of hours to get tested Thursday. She told 22News, “I did quite a bit of researching on other websites offering COVID testing and a lot of times aren’t available or need referrals or things like that, so we weren’t expecting it to be so easy.”

Gonsalves said that they will be able to more clearly establish an end point when it comes to testing to avoid turning people away. The last eligible vehicle for testing will be tested even if they don’t reach the testing area by the set end time.

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