CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Right after the holidays the city of Springfield was flooded with requests for COVID tests and hospitals in the city were filled with people showing COVID symptoms, but the situation in the city has since changed.
For months the only state sponsored COVID testing site in Springfield was located at the Eastfield Mall. This past weekend – a new site was set up at the Springfield Technology Park.
With more than 150,000 residents in the city of Springfield, 22News asked Governor Baker if he plans to deploy members of the National Guard to assist with testing efforts, but he said his conversations with local officials in the area indicate that it might not be necessary.
“I checked this morning to see how we were doing with respect to availability and most of the sites in Springfield right now either have no wait or 5 minutes or less,” said Governor Charlie Baker.
The Governor also said that Springfield was one of the communities to sign up early to receive a shipment of at home tests.
Springfield AMR also says the wait time at the Eastfield Mall Stop the Spread COVID-19 testing site has gone down this week. On Wednesday, Springfield AMR reported that the wait time was less than 10 minutes one hour after opening. By 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, there was no wait time at the site.