Testing capacity will be major factor in reopening Massachusetts, U.S.

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As many as 120,000 people are tested for COVID-19 every day in the country.

President Trump’s Administration believes testing capacity in the country will meet the requirement for a phase one reopening, but it’s the state’s responsibility to ensure that happens. However, public health officials outside Trump’s Administration warn that testing capacity would need to increase two to three times from what it is now.

There is also optimism now that the FDA has approved a new blood test that can detect antibodies to the coronavirus. In Massachusetts, Governor Baker is focused on expanding testing as well as getting PPE’s too essential workers.

It makes us a top-five player in terms of testing per capita in the United States. And as you are aware one of our number one challenges is to deliver personal protective equipment to front line workers, and we will do that through whatever means we can.”

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

While the Baker Administration continues to ramp up testing in the state, there remain only two public testing sites for essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

The Big E fairgrounds is one of two free drive-thru testing sites in Massachusetts. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week, but first responders and grocery store workers are still the only ones who can be tested at the site and they have to make an appointment.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety said they are assessing the demand and capacity at The Big E Fairgrounds and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. At this time, there are no plans to expand testing at these sites to more essential workers.

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