SPRINGFIELD, Mass, (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris addressed the rising COVID-19 cases in the city Monday afternoon.

Mayor Sarno announced the city’s plan of distributing free rapid COVID-19 at-home test kits to Springfield residents. Residents can pick up a free at-home testing kit every Tuesday and Wednesday at the following locations:

  • Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center, 1476 Roosevelt Ave – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Department of Health and Human Services, 311 State Street – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • New North Citizens Council, 2455 Main Street – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • South End Community Center, 99 Marble Street – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

“We need your cooperation,” Mayor Sarno said, addressing the city of Springfield. “These next four weeks are critical.”

Springfield Libraries will also be locations available to pick up an at-home COVID-19 test:

  • Central Library, 220 State Street
    • Tuesdays – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesdays – 12:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Brightwood, 359 Plainfield Street
    • Tuesdays – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
    • Wednesdays – 1:00 to 5:00 pm
  • East Forest Park, 136 Surrey Road
    • Tuesdays – 1:00 to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesdays – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
  • East Springfield, 21 Osborne
    • Tuesdays – 1:00 to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesdays – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Forest Park, 380 Belmont Ave
    • Tuesdays – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesdays – 1:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Indian Orchard, 44 Oak Street
    • Tuesdays – 1:00 to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesdays – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Library Express at Pine Point
    • 204 Boston Road, Tuesdays – CLOSED
    • Wednesdays – 1:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Mason Square, 765 State Street
    • Tuesdays – 1:00 to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesdays – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sixteen Acres, 1187 Parker Street
    • Tuesdays – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
    • Wednesdays – 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Each kit contains two COVID-19 tests and residents will be limited to picking up two kits at a time. If more is needed for the household, residents should identify how many are needed.

“We have individuals right now who are dying needlessly all because they are not vaccinated.” said Helen Caulton-Harris. “We have a strategy to get a home-test kit to every neighborhood in our city,” Harris furthermore said, “Each of the nine libraries in the city of Springfield will have home-test kits. Ray Jordan Center will have home-test kits.”

As we approach Christmas and its many family gatherings, home testing has become a must for many people.

“We’re planning on going to our grandparents house for Christmas and there are those who are not getting vaccinated. So I think it’s our responsibility, out visiting everyone,” said Nicole Rooney of Springfield.

Emily Colon of Springfield has a child on the way, adding to her determination to take the test and get the result within fifteen minutes, “Me and my husband work full time and I’m in my first trimester of my pregnancy. So we’re just going to be cautious.”

Eugene Couser of Springfield just came to the library to take out a couple of books but after thinking if over, he too asked for a couple of the at home testing kits, “Even though I’ve got the vaccine, you can never be too safe, you know what I mean. And I want to do myself and my wife. My wife is right now under the weather.”

“Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and I want to thank the Baker-Politio Administration for their continued efforts partnering with us throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. These free rapid COVID-19 at-home test kits will provide our residents with another easy and convenient option to get tested. This distribution plan is part of my administrations continued commitment to making these testing kits readily available by utilizing our neighborhood library branches, the Raymond Jordan Senior Center and our many community partners and to increase access for our residents and their families,” said Sarno.

There are 2,237 Springfield residents with COVID-19 that were confirmed during the month of December, according to the latest data from the City of Springfield. The city has received 170,000 rapid COVID-19 at-home test kits.