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The Kraft Center for Community Health, Mass General Brigham and the Massachusetts General Hospital Community Health Centers are pleased to offer a new COVID-19 testing van that prioritizes testing in Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn and Revere. Asymptomatic, self-administered testing is available for adults and children. This program is made possible in part through funding from the National Institutes of Health grant and RADx-UP (Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics in Underserved Populations). Please see below for the COVID-19 testing van schedule and Frequently Asked Questions.
Schedule: February 22 – 27, 2021
|Monday, 2/22||1 – 5 pm||Lynn: Manning Field Parking Lot
76 Locust St., Lynn, MA 01904
|Tuesday, 2/23||10 – 2 pm||Chelsea: Phoenix Charter Academy
175 Hawthorne St., Chelsea, MA 02150
|Wednesday, 2/24||2 – 6pm||Revere: Shirley Ave Municipal Parking Lot
139 Shirley Ave., Revere, MA 02151
8am – 12pm
1 – 4pm
Everett: Norwood Street Municipal Parking Lot
Chelsea: Seidman Brothers
|Friday, 2/26||1 – 5 pm||Charlestown: Bunker Hill Mall
31 Austin St., Charlestown, MA 02129
|Saturday 2/27||8am – 12pm||
Revere: Cooledge Street Housing Project
70 Cooledge St. Revere, MA 02151
*Please note: schedule is subject to change. Check back frequently for the updated schedule.
Q: Do I have to make an appointment?
A: No, we are offering walk-up services only. No appointments are necessary.
Q: Do I have to be a patient of Massachusetts General Hospital or another care provider within the Mass General Brigham system?
A: No, we are offering asymptomatic testing to anyone who would like to get tested. If you have never been a patient of Massachusetts General Hospital/Mass General Brigham, we will ask you to register when you arrive.
Q: What type of test is used?
A: Self-administered anterior nasal test. You will be handed the test tube and shown how to swab your nose. Then, you’ll place your test in a bin.
Q: If I have symptoms, can I get tested at this mobile site?
A: The van is not medically equipped to test symptomatic patients. If you arrive at the testing site and have symptoms, we will provide information on where you can get tested.
Q: Who can get tested?
A: Children and adults can get tested on the COVID-19 Testing Van. The COVID-19 testing van is prioritizing testing community residents. In Revere, testing is limited to Revere residents only and we will be asking for identification.
Q: Is this a drive-up site?
A: No, this a walk-up site. Please dress warmly!
Q: When will I get my test results?
A: You will receive a phone call with your test results within 3 days. We use PCR testing which typically takes between 1 and 3 days. You will receive a phone call from one of the mobile testing team members.
Q: How will I get my test results?
A: You will receive a call from a member of the mobile testing team with your test results.
Q: What should I do if I test positive?
A: Stay home and separate yourself from others in your home. Additionally, please call your primary health care provider for guidance. For your safety and the safety of others, please do not come to an urgent care clinic or emergency room unless you have been instructed to do so. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms such as difficulty breathing or pressure in the chest, please call 911.
Learn more here: CDC – Steps When Sick with Coronavirus
Q: What should I do if I test negative?
A: Continue washing your hands often, wearing a mask in public settings, and maintaining 6ft distance between yourself and others.
Learn more here: CDC – Prevent Getting Sick with Coronavirus
Q: Who do I contact if I have any questions?
A: You may email email@example.com if you have questions about the van schedule or testing. If you have any medical questions or questions related to your results, please email Dr. Priya Sarin Gupta at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Massachusetts General Hospital Charlestown HealthCare Center at 617-724-8135 and ask for Dr. Gupta.
Q: Do I need identification to be able to obtain a test? If I don’t, what information would I need to provide?
A: When you are being registered, you will be asked to share a photo ID. If you do not have an ID, you will still be able to get tested. The other information you will be asked for includes: first name, last name, date of birth, address, phone number and email.
Q: Do you provide a proof or certification of the test to use for work and travel?
A: We are able to provide documentation of your test results. Please mention this when you are registering and also when you receive a call with your results.
Q: Are there other methods aside from a phone call for me to receive my results?
A: At this time, we will try to reach you three times over the phone. If we do not reach you, we will mail a letter. If you are a Massachusetts General Hospital/Mass General Brigham patient, you will be able to access results in Patient Gateway.
Q: Do you have masks available?
A: Yes, please let us know if you need a mask. We will also be distributing care kits in each community which include masks.
Q: Will you also be administering vaccines?
A: At this time, we will not be administering vaccines.