HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Much of the state’s focus has been getting shots into arms to battle COVID-19.
but now, officials are reminding communities about the importance of testing.

City officials announced Thursday that a new testing site is coming to the area and another site will be extended. Officials are urging people to take advantage of them. The Stop the Spread COVID-19 testing site at Holyoke Community College is one site that will continue to remain open through December.

Just weeks ago, testing sites were nearly empty but now, wait times can be over an hour. So the state and municipalities are making sure testing remains accessible. A new COVID testing site is opening in Westfield at the parking lot of the Westwood building at 94 North Elm Street. It will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Drive-thru testing at HCC is conducted six days a week in parking lot N, near the Bartley Center for Athletics & Recreation. Testing is available for the following days and hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Stop the Spread site has been open since August of 2020. Testing is free to all Massachusetts residents. No appointments and no referrals are necessary. Turnaround time for results is 1 to 4 days.

Westfield officials say testing and vaccinations are helping bring cases back down.

“For this week, the numbers have us going down slightly which is good because that’s the trend we want to see in Westfield is our positive cases going down,” said Holyoke Mayor Don Humason. “It still tends to be the people that are unvaccinated that are getting sick.”

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will also be held Tuesday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location. The clinic is open to all HCC students, staff, faculty, Holyoke residents, and surrounding communities.

The first and second doses of Pfizer will be offered as well as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No appointment will be required.