Expanded Free Testing Inches Closer to Berkshires
Gov. Charlie Baker's expanded no-referral, free testing for COVID-19 hasn't made it yet to Berkshire County, but is headed in this direction.
Baker said Monday that Agawam and Springfield, both in Hampden County, will be among eight communities where people can be tested even if they are not showing symptoms of the disease.
The expansion follows roll out of a similar testing program in the eastern part of the state. The new locations also include Brockton, Methuen, Randolph, Revere, Taunton and Worcester.
Baker said Monday it's a bad news, good news development. The chosen locations are places that have seen positive test results rising, while testing has dropped off. While the rate of positive test results statewide is 1.9 percent (averaged over seven days), it is 2.3 percent in the new communities.
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