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Somerville Launches Free COVID Testing Sites in East Somerville

by City of Somerville, January 15, 2022

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne today announced new COVID-19 testing sites in East Somerville to expand access to free tests for Somerville residents and workers.

First, in partnership with local healthcare company LCG Boston, the City is opening a walk-through testing site at the Igreja Internacional da Graça de Deus (International Church of the Grace of God) at 78 Franklin St. in East Somerville (view map image). This location will be able to administer and process 500 PCR tests each day it’s open, vastly expanding upon the City’s current testing capacity of 200 tests per week. The site will open Saturday, January 15, and provide three days of testing weekly for approximately four weeks as demand warrants.

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Heaters, Tents Help Those Waiting In Long Lines For COVID Tests In Jamaica Plain

by CBS Boston, January 9, 2022

BOSTON (CBS) — With COVID cases setting records in many parts of the country, the demand for testing is off the charts. Boston health officials are looking to make it easier for anyone trying to get one.

There were long lines at the Anna Cole Community Center testing site on Sunday, but heated tents made all the difference. The snow-covered tents were set up last week to help residents battle the elements while waiting in line.

They had little heaters throughout it so it made waiting much more pleasant,” one person said.

“The tents were perfect. It really made a big difference I think for people to encourage them to stay and actually get tested,” another told WBZ-TV.

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