Salem Announces Free Downtown Covid Testing Site For October

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SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On September 30, the City of Salem will open a walk-up rapid Covid-19 testing site downtown for the month of October.

The testing site will be located in the Peabody Essex Museum's Connect Building which is located at 135 Essex Street, across from the visitor center and downtown parking garage.

Curative will operate the site with trained staff hired from the Salem area. They are the provider that managed the state's vaccination site in Danvers and other locations across the state.

People in Salem, can visit the site from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the month of October.

Halloween is on a Sunday this year, and the site will be available that day but it will be relocated to inside PEM's Group entrance, and will close at 5 p.m.

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Salem officials say pre-registration is strongly encouraged for anyone that plans to get a test. People that register ahead of time will be able to select a time frame to get tested.

The testing sites will make it easier for visitors to comply with the Board of Health's order that requires a negative Covid-19 test administered within 72 hours of entry to any large indoor event in Salem this October.

The city is funding the site and there are other free testing sites throughout the city.

“I am very grateful for the work and efforts that our Health Department staff have put into planning this program over the last several weeks,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll.

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