The Town of Acushnet will be offering its residents a pre-Christmas Covid testing opportunity. On Wed., 12/23, from 1–7 p.m. the Fire and EMS Department will be at the Elementary School gymnasium offering the antigen “rapid” test. Results will be made available in 10 minutes.
“This pre-Christmas testing clinic is similar to the one we held the day before Thanksgiving. Over 500 people were tested at that time with 15 positive cases identified,” said Acushnet Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher. “Those folks received their results directly from me by phone and stated that they would do the right thing. We consider that a success.”
Individuals testing negative receive a text with their result before the end of the clinic.
The town recommends that residents follow public health guidelines and limit contact with people outside of their household members during the holidays.
The Acushnet Board of Selectmen has made Covid testing a top priority for the use of federal CARES funds the town has received. The uses of those funds expires on December 31st. Acushnet officials hope Washington passes a new funding package to continue testing into the new year.
“These local testing clinics are an important part of a community’s response to the pandemic. The public safety departments of Acushnet and Fairhaven are rolling up their sleeves to do the work. We need Congress to do the same,” stated Chief Gallagher.
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