SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’re looking for a COVID-19 test to put your mind at ease this holiday weekend, local hospitals say don’t go to the Emergency Department.
The Chief Physician Executive at Baystate Health said that hospitals and particularly emergency departments routinely see increased traffic over holiday weekends. He added that showing up at the hospital to get a routine COVID-19 test diverts essential, life-saving medical resources from patients experiencing an emergency.
However, physicians at Baystate Medical Center are offering suggestions for people during this spring surge. Mask wearing and social distancing is recommended during all holiday gatherings. 22News asked what a person should do if they start feeling symptomatic.
“Call your provider’s office, call you health insurer, go to mass.gov where you can get on and order tests, they’re free, actually. Every retail pharmacy I’m aware of has test kits,” said Dr. Andrew Artenstein of Baystate Health. He also said if you have mild symptoms, they can be managed at home and your physician can potentially prescribe Paxlovid, which helps to treat COVID-19 infection for those who aren’t seriously ill.
Eastfield Mall’s testing location will be closed Sunday and Monday.
- Open Saturday, May 28th 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“We are opening up early to help facilitate those who wish to come and get tested before the holiday,” said Patrick Leonardo, Operations Manager of the AMR of western Massachusetts.
Holyoke Community College’s testing location will be closed Monday.
- Open Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Westfield’s curative trailer on 19 Railroad Avenue is closed Monday.
- Open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Easthampton’s public testing located in Millside Park will be closed Monday.
- Open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Deerfield’s testing located at 67 N Main Street will be closed Monday. Testing will reopen on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Greenfield Community College’s testing location will be closed Monday. Testing will reopen on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tully walk-in car in Athol located on 81 Reservoir Drive will be open on Memorial Day.
- 5/30 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Mon-Fri / 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
For additional locations or to make an appointment visit Mass.gov.