Walsh Urges Protestors To Get Free COVID Tests In Roxbury

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd stretch into a third week, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is urging demonstrators to get tested for coronavirus at the city's new pop-up testing site.

Mayor Walsh announced the new site in Roxbury during a press conference on Wednesday. He said the city had partnered East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, which will be offering free and confidential COVID-19 testing to symptomatic and asymptomatic people.

“As residents take a stand and raise their voices against racism and injustice, we want to provide every tool we can to keep them and their loved ones healthy when returning home,” Walsh said in a statement.

“In addition to handing out face coverings and hand sanitizer at recent demonstrations, we are proud to now make available a pop-up site for anyone — with symptoms or not — and encourage those who have recently been in large groups to get tested and limit the further spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

The free coronavirus tests will be conducted on Wednesday June 10th and Thursday June 11th from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Washington Park Mall. Tests will be available to all Boston residents on a walk-in or appointment basis.

To see a map of all COVID-19 testing sites in the city, click here.

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