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COVID-19 Testing for Child Care

Beginning the first week of February, COVID-19 testing will be available at locations throughout Massachusetts at no cost to childcare employees, children, and household members with results in 48 hours or less.

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COVID-19 Testing Available:

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites for Child Care

Thanks to the generous support of BayCoast Bank and members of the MA Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, child care affiliated individuals, including educators, staff, children, and household members, will have access to eight rotating testing locations operating 6 days a week with both daytime and evening hours. This new testing opportunity is in addition to the existing resources available in Massachusetts including Stop the Spread testing locations, local testing programs, and testing through primary care doctors.

The sites, operated by Visit Healthcare and open to child care affiliated individuals only, will provide no-cost PCR tests using a simple lower nose swab. Test results will be sent through a secure on-line portal in 48 hours or less which will support programs to react quickly to symptoms and possible exposures. Tests will be available to child care affiliated individuals who are symptomatic, have been identified as close contacts, or who were possibly exposed to COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing will be free of charge for child care educators, staff, children, and household members at the following locations on a rotating schedule.

  • Athol at 233 Reservoir Dr. (in front of Hobby Lobby)
  • Billerica at Vietnam Veteran's Park (259 Treble Cove Rd.)
  • Braintree at 250 Granite St. (South Shore Plaza)
  • Dalton at 514 Main St. (First Congregational Church)
  • Franklin at 598 Beaver St. (Chilson Beach)
  • Plymouth at 180 Water St., Water 4 Lot (enter on Lothrop St.)
  • Sturbridge at 369 Main St. (Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges)
  • Swansea at 330 Swansea Mall Dr. (Bay Coast Bank)
  • Westfield at 577 Western Ave. (Westfield State South Parking Lot)

No appointment is necessary, but pre-registration is required.

For a schedule of where testing is available each day and to register, use the camera on your phone to scan the QR code in the image above or visit www.VisitHealthcare.com and click on ‘sign up for your visit.

Questions? Please call 1-866-888-4003

Please note: Programs should continue to follow all protocols in the COVID-19 Child Care Playbook including daily health attestations, visual screenings, and reporting positive test results to the appropriate entity.

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