Mayor says three COVID-19 testing sites to change to appointment only

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Two thirds of city have already been tested

By Vicki Greene, Contributing Writer

Marlborough – One-third of the city’s population has been tested for COVID-19 Mayor Arthur Vigeant told the School Committee at its Aug. 11 meeting.

“That’s probably more than any other community in the state,” he noted.

Vigeant said that three of the four COVID-19 free testing sites – AFC Urgent Care, 38 Boston Post Rd. West, Carewell Urgent, 757 Boston Post Rd. East., and the Jaworek School, 444 Hosmer St., will change to appointment only.  UMass-Marlborough Hospital does not require an appointment but wait times can sometimes be three to four hours.

Many of those being tested are coming from other communities and other states seeking free drive-up tests prior to vacation or back-to-school, according to Vigeant.  If there is a positive result the information is reported to the person’s hometown and it is not counted in Marlborough’s data unless it is a local resident.

“Over the last two weeks, Marlborough is seeing an average of 2.14 new cases per day and we’re seeing more of the positive cases younger people in their 20’s and I expect that rate to continue,” Vigeant said.

As of Aug. 12, the city reported 1,074 cases; 972 of whom recovered, 66 deaths and 36 current active cases.

For information on where to get tested in Massachusetts visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing.