New drive-through testing facility opens in Easthampton

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EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Easthampton and Northampton Health Departments have partnered to create a regional drive-through testing location in Easthampton opening Tuesday.

The city’s two health directors decided to combine resources to offer testing at one central location instead of two. They are only offering PCR tests by appointment only.

The new combined location is located at Millside Park on 2 Ferry Street in Easthampton. Testing is free, including to those who don’t have insurance, those with insurance, this site may bill the insurance company for the test, but at no cost to residents.

To sign up for the Millside Park location, please visit: https://book.curative.com/sites/34189

COVID-19 drive-thru test site in Easthampton schedule:

  • Monday – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday – No testing
  • Thursday – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Post holidays, after some communities have run out of the rapid at-home tests to give out, thousands of people are flocking to the drive-thru testing sites.

“The amount of people who ended up coming out post holiday, and the amount of people who are feeling ill who either have cold or flu symptoms, and the amount of people affected because of the positivity rate is probably two or three times greater than it ever has been,” said Patrick Leonardo, Operations Manager of AMR in Western Mass.

The lines have been so long that on Monday, Springfield police made the decision to temporarily shut down the site but they reopened later in the afternoon.

“Once you’re in line, we will test you, regardless of what time it is,” said Leonardo.

At the Eastfield Mall site, AMR says they’re now doing an average of 3,000 tests a day, which just a week or two ago, 3,000 in one day was a record for them. Despite the demand, the people administering the test are powering through.

“Are you overwhelmed?”

“I would say that the team is dedicated and willing to do the job and while its been stressful and exhausting, it’s what we signed up to do,” said Leonardo.

Leonardo told 22News he thinks these lines are here to stay for at least another week.

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