COVID testing site at Eastfield Mall in Springfield closed temporarily Monday due to high demand


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The drive-through COVID testing site at the Eastfield Mall stopped allowing cars in line at 9:30 a.m. Monday due to high demand.

According to a tweet sent by Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, the site was reopened as of 12:45 p.m. Monday to allowed additional cars into the site. Drive-through testing at this location on 1655 Boston Road in Springfield is held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends.

More than 300 cars waited to get tested for COVID-19 after spending the holidays with family and friends, some waiting as long as four hours. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is looking to open an additional regional COVID-19 testing site in Springfield. He says the Eastfield Mall is becoming too overwhelming and they need more help.

“We are being overwhelmed up there. So I asked for the National Guard support and I also asked to open another regional site like they did for the Big E to take the pressure off of Springfield. We are getting everything. Not only my Springfield residents but also people from Connecticut coming to this area,” said Mayor Sarno.

Police also had to turn people away on Sunday at the Eastfield Mall site due to the large amount of cars waiting, which was then affected traffic on Boston Road.

Springfield remains one of the state’s city’s with a lower vaccination rate with 56%. Boston is reporting 68% and Worcester, 63% are fully vaccinated.

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