Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn and Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty announced a new COVID-19 pop-up testing site at Moakley Park in South Boston, part of the City of Boston’s ongoing efforts to promote and increase testing capacity for residents. These pop up testing sites over several weeks in South Boston are being done in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission and Health & Human Services Chief Marty Martinez, Mayor Marty Walsh, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Senator Nick Collins, and State Representative David Biele as well.
This new pop-up testing site is located in tents along Old Colony Ave near 1187 Columbia Road, in proximity to the Joe Moakley Park Tennis Courts. Testing at this site will run this week from Tuesday, August 11th to Saturday, August 15th. Hours range Tuesday-Friday from 2pm-7pm, while it will run from 10am-3pm on Saturday.
Testing is available to residents regardless of symptoms at no cost. In the interest of time, residents may pre-register at 617-568-4500. No appointment is necessary; however, on site registration is required to receive testing results. Testing will be provided by East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, in partnership with Harbor Health. Previous testing sites recently coordinated by the South Boston Community Health Center included one this week outside the Condon Community Center, along with testing last week outside the Tierney Community Center.
“I encourage my friends and neighbors to get tested for COVID-19 to allow our public health officials to isolate and treat those infected by the virus. Mass testing is one of the most important tools we have to limit its spread; along with contact tracing, wearing masks, physical distancing, avoiding crowds, and washing hands frequently,” said Councilor Flynn. “I want to thank the South Boston Community Health Center, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and Harbor Health for providing this critical public service and outreach.”
“As we continue to tailor our COVID-19 response to meet the needs of our communities, one of the most critically important things we can do is to provide easy access to testing,” said Councilor Flaherty. “Thanks to this unified effort between state and local government and our community health centers, we are better positioned to provide more widely available testing. I highly encourage anyone who thinks for any reason that they may need to be tested, to take advantage of this free resource. Please do not hesitate– for your own health and safety and for that of your community.”
For more information, please contact East Boston Neighborhood Health Center at 617-568-4500, or visit https://ebnhc.org/en/visitorpatient-info/covid-19/covid-19-testing.html.