State leaders ramp up COVID-19 testing efforts before the holidays – Community News

State leaders ramp up COVID-19 testing efforts before the holidays

BOSTON (WWLP) — Since the Commonwealth rolled out its vaccination program, the focus on testing has declined, but with the holiday season just around the corner, changes will need to be made to allow residents to get tested in a timely manner.

Last year during the holiday season, state leaders pleaded with residents not to gather for fear they would spread the deadly disease among vulnerable residents. This year, our public health picture looks a little different, as about 70 individuals from the state have been fully vaccinated.

Although more than five million people in the Commonwealth have been vaccinated, there is still a great deal of concern among residents that they will spread COVID during the holidays. Right now, there are more than 400 testing locations in the state, including those at most major pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens.

In addition, residents have the option to visit a mobile test site that travels across the state or they can also purchase a take-home test. State leaders say they are confident in the Commonwealth’s lab capabilities to process tests in a timely manner.

22News will be closely monitoring test centers in western Massachusetts to make sure this is the case.