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Massachusetts COVID-19 Testing Information

View the latest updates about COVID-19 testing in Massachusetts.

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Latest advisories

  • Advisory Regarding Appropriate Use of Emergency Departments, issued January 14, 2022
    Emergency departments are experiencing significant staff shortages and long wait times for care.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) advises all residents to seek medical care where they will be most appropriately treated. 
  • Public Health Advisory Regarding COVID-19 Testing, issued January 11, 2022
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health advises all residents to seek COVID-19 tests when exhibiting COVID symptoms, or five days following a known close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID pursuant to MA DPH quarantine and isolation protocols, updated in accordance with the new CDC guidance.

COVID-19 Self-Test Distribution and Statewide Contract Resources

Massachusetts continues to take steps to ensure access to COVID-19 at-home rapid antigen test kits.

Massachusetts has secured 26 million rapid antigen test kits to be distributed over the next three months
on a rolling basis, with an initial prioritization of K-12 and childcare settings.
More information will be available soon.

The Operational Services Division (OSD) has shared guidance to ensure that buyers such as municipalities,
educational institutions, and other entities looking to purchase rapid test kits for distribution to their constituents
understand all options available to them.

Guidance for laboratories, on-site testing locations, and other entities

COVID-19 testing guidance for laboratories, on-site testing locations, and entities such as employers and long term care residences.

Information about getting tested

Testing for COVID-19 is widely available in Massachusetts. Find a testing location near you and visit About COVID-19 Testing to learn about the different types of COVID-19 tests, when to get one, what to do with a positive result, and how to get help.

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