Nation's First Federal COVID "Test-to-Treat" Site Opens In Rhode Island

White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks over video call with Governor Dan McKee at an opening announcement for Rhode Island's Test-to-Treat center. Photo: Rhode Island Governor's Office

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Providence health clinic is hosting the country's first federally-supported COVID "Test-to-Treat" site.

The site opened on Thursday at the Clínica Esperanza in the city's Olneyville neighborhood.

Federal money will be used for patients who test positive for COVID, who can choose to immediately get oral antiviral treatments, if prescribed.

The point of the clinics, as explained by the Biden Administration, is to be a "one-stop shop" for communities dealing with the virus. To that end, vaccines are also offered at the clinic.

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee announced the clinic today in an appearance with White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha.

The White House says it will open more Test-to-Treat sites in Minnesota, New York and Illinois in the coming days and weeks.

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