Boston city workers get paid time for testing

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BOSTON (SHNS) – The city of Boston will now offer its employees one paid hour every 14 days so they can get tested for COVID-19 during work hours without using sick or personal time, Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday.

The city also launched a “Get The Test Boston” pledge, in which local employers — including the Boston Red Sox, Boston Main Streets, Rapid7, UNITE HERE Local 26 and Wayfair — commit to make sure their employees know when and how to get tested.

Walsh said that rising case numbers and other public health data make clear that more residents need to get tested for the coronavirus.

“We are entering a critical time in this pandemic, and everyone who does their part will save lives, and make a difference,” he said. “I’d like to thank the companies who have already signed onto the testing pledge, and I encourage every resident in our city to look at the resources we have available, and seriously consider getting tested to protect themselves and their communities as we work to stop the further spread of COVID-19.” 

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