QUINCY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility opens at noon on Friday in Quincy.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation partnered with ConvenientMD to open the testing site. It is located in the parking lot of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's Quincy headquarters at 1600 Crown Colony Drive.
“This creative partnership with ConvenientMD is designed to help provide timely, easy and critical access to COVID-19 testing in our communities, where our communities need it most,” Michael Carson, President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care said. "This testing service will assist public health efforts in the growing need to identify COVID-19 positive patients, as well as enable hospital emergency rooms and health care workers on the frontline to focus their resources and efforts on patients in the greatest need of immediate care.”
The test site, on Crown Colony Drive, is the first of two testing sites health care providers will open in the city. Each site will be capable of conducting several dozen tests per week. It's part of an aggressive campaign of testing as lawmakers and health care professionals fight to stay ahead of the virus and its impending surge.
"One of the reasons why we've been so aggressive about expanding our testing is because we want to know two things — number one, how many are we testing who are positive so that we can actually act on that," Gov. Charlie Baker said. "And the second is to actually start to develop what I would call an appreciation or understanding of where a lot of the positives are landing so that we can make decisions around things like how we're going to organize our healthcare capacity to deal with the surge based on some of that data."
WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports