According to Governor Baker’s announcement on Monday, Massachusetts is distributing more than two million free COVID tests to more than 100 cities and towns.
Mass.gov reports that in communities hardest hit by the outbreak, the Commonwealth will distribute more than 2 million free COVID-19 testing at home in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus as the holidays approach.
Governor Baker said the tests will be distributed within 4 to 5 days to the 102 hardest-hit communities in Massachusetts, including several towns in Berkshire County, Pittsfield, Adams, North Adams and Great Barrington.
In a statement released to the media, Baker said this:
As the holidays approach, we encourage residents to use rapid tests as a convenient way to keep family and friends safe at gatherings. While these tests are widely available at many pharmacies and retail outlets across the Commonwealth, we are making it even easier for residents to obtain free rapid tests through these initiatives.
Additionally, according to Governor Baker’s office, distributed tests can be completed in 15 minutes and there will be no need to send a sample to a lab. Teams from the Massachusetts National Guard and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will help deliver the COVID-19 rapid test kits to 102 cities starting Tuesday.
To find out if your city or town is included, you can see the full list here. Bay State is also working with test manufacturers to provide wholesale purchase offers to each city. This program is expected to come into effect in early 2022.
According to Governor Baker, local officials in each town or village will determine the best way to distribute the tests to their residents. To learn more about the story, visit the Mass.gov website here.
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