Drive-through testing for COVID-19 is coming to Fall River.
Governor Baker announced through a press conference on Wednesday that Fall River would expand testing for COVID-19.
According to SSTAR CEO Nancy Paull, starting on Monday May 4th, SSTAR will be offering drive-through testing by appointment only. Hours of the testing site will be 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.
In order to obtain a test, patients must call SSTAR at 508-679-5222 and ask to be scheduled for a test. Patients without insurance or a primary care physician can ask to have a telehealth screening by one of SSTAR’s medical personnel. Two sites will hold the testing and the person looking to be tested will be directed where to go when they are given an appointment.
The drive through testing is made possible through the Governors work with Quest Labs.
In addition, Merrow Manufacturing of Bedford Street, Fall River is supplying the gowns which will be used by SSTAR personnel. “Without the support of Charlie Merrow and his staff supplying the medical grade protection, this drive through site would not be possible, “said Director Dr George Maxted.
Tess Curran, Director, Fall River Department of Health said, “We are pleased to have more testing available in Fall River. It is only with such testing data that we can understand the disease prevalence within the city and develop strategies to contain it.“
Two hundred and fifty tests each week will be conducted through SSTAR, according to Paull.