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Town of Danvers Offers Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for All Residents

Posted on December 8, 2020


Starting on Thursday, December 10, 2020, the Town of Danvers, in partnership with Cataldo Ambulance, will begin offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing for all Danvers residents regardless of symptoms.  Testing will take place on:

Thursday, December 10 from 8:00 AM – Noon

Tuesday, December 15 from 8:00 AM – Noon

Friday, December 18 from 8:00 AM – Noon

Monday, December 21 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, December 29 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Testing is open to residents of all ages and will occur at the Danvers High School parking lot (60 Cabot Road).  If there is a line of vehicles waiting for testing, please park in line, stay in your vehicle with a face covering on, and someone will approach your vehicle to check your ID before being tested.  There will be NO walk-up testing.  All residents who would like to receive a test must be in a vehicle.  Please bring a drivers license and pen with you.

Cataldo Ambulance will administer the less invasive nasal swab (PCR test), and results will be returned approximately 24-48 hours after testing.

Residents seeking to be tested at the site are required to pre-register and are strongly encouraged to arrive at the site as close to the time of their appointment as possible.  Please expect to wait +/- an hour, even though you have pre-registered. We are busiest at 8:00 AM. If you have registered for 8:00 AM and would prefer to come later in the morning, please do so.

Appointments can be reserved online at cataldoambulance.com/covid-testing.

“Free and accessible testing for COVID-19 is a vital component of our strategy,” said Danvers Public Health Director Mark Carleo. “Getting tested is a good idea even if you feel healthy, since asymptomatic spread is a contributor to our current upward case counts.  Wear a mask.  Social distance.  Avoid gatherings.  Wash your hands.  It’s pretty simple.”

As of December 4, Danvers had seen 1177 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and had 161 active cases in the community.  “Testing, mask-wearing, and social distancing are the best tools we have to combat community spread in Danvers, keep our schools open, and help our local hospitals serve those who are infected,” said Town Manager Steve Bartha.  “Although the holidays are normally a time to celebrate with friends and loved ones, the safest place to be this holiday season is at home with members of your household only.”

Residents should direct any questions about registration or testing to the Town of Danvers at [email protected].

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