Additional Free COVID Testing Times for Watertown Residents

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The following announcement was provided by the Town of Watertown:

The Town of Watertown is offering, by appointment only, one – free COVID-19 Test for Watertown residents. Testing is free, does not require a medical referral and you do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is required to receive a test (preregistration details below) and we ask that you only sign up for one test to allow other residents access to testing.

Testing will be held inside the Commander’s Mansion 440 Talcott Avenue on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, January 19, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, January 20, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 26, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 2, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, February 3, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 9, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, February 10, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

In order to obtain an appointment a Watertown resident must pre-register by clicking on the following link: https://proemscovidtesting.as.me/watertown

This is not a drive up test. Watertown residents who have an appointment will enter into the Commander’s Mansion and with the assistance of Pro Ambulance employees will conduct a selfadministering nasal swab (PCR test).

Test results: As a reminder, a negative test does not mean you cannot spread COVID-19, or get infected with COVID-19, at a later date. Residents should continue to practice physical distancing and hygiene, regardless of a negative test result.

The above dates and times are the only dates and times available for Watertown residents through this program.

There are several additional ways that Watertown residents can get tested for COVID-19: The state’s “Stop the Spread” testing sites are open to all Massachusetts residents, and testing is free of charge. The sites are located in several nearby communities (Framingham, Marlborough Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Winthrop). Many of these sites are walk-up or drive-through and do not require appointments. Details about each site are provided at https://www.mass.gov/infodetails/stop-the-spread#eligibility-

Contact Your Health Care Provider
If you think you may have COVID-19, call your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms may include fever, sore throat, loss of sense of smell, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, or chills. Your health care provider will help you decide whether testing is appropriate. If your provider thinks you should be tested and cannot do the test on-site, they will make the referral to a testing site near you. Here is a current list of COVID-19 testing sites in Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/doc/ma-covid-19-testing-sites/download

Use the State’s Free Online Telehealth Service
The state is partnering with Doctor on Demand to offer free telehealth visits to Massachusetts residents who want to get a quick assessment of symptoms and/or do not have health insurance. Through this service, you’ll be evaluated online and connected to testing if needed. To access
this free service, go to: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

Call the State’s 24-Hour Hotline
If you do not have internet access or do not feel comfortable using websites, you can call 2-1-1, a 24-hour state-supported telephone hotline. Hotline staff can provide guidance on testing.

RESOURCES
Massachusetts COVID-19 testing page (Mass.gov)
COVID-19 Test Site Locator tool

2 thoughts on “Additional Free COVID Testing Times for Watertown Residents

  1. I am grateful that our town is offering free covid testing and making it convenient for people to get tested locally. Although I disagree that testing should be limited to one time. We should be encouraging people to test on a regular basis along with being very mindful of their behavior.

    Regular testing, regular reminders, contract tracing and enforcement when required protocols are broken, are all needed for our town to help control the spread.

    I’m very concerned that we are not following through on contract tracing, not limiting high risk activities both town wide and in our schools with sports, and not providing good and useful data to our residents. The more informed we are the better chance we have at getting our covid numbers down.

    I would implore Watertown to do more to get this virus under control.

    What is concerning is how much higher the numbers in Watertown are vs. some of the neighboring communities. Watertown needs to be a lot more proactive with this virus. Our numbers show that we are not doing enough in our community to keep the spread down.

    Our current Covid numbers compared to surrounding communities using the 14 day data. 

    Watertown – 338 Positive cases – 4.91% Positive Rate
    Belmont – 177 Positive cases – 3.84%
    Newton – 524 Positive cases – 2.96%
    Cambridge – 619 Positive cases – 1.81%
    Brookline – 299 Positive cases – 2.79%
    Waltham – 693 Positive cases – 7.20%
    Arlington – 232 Positive cases – 3.47

    • Is this the new trendy thing to do for 2021? Go a couple times a week to get testing?
      Go get tested if your in contact with someone that has it or if your feeling sick. I’ve heard from so many people that felt perfectly fine and told me they went and got tested just for the hell of it and cause it’s free. It’s ridiculous.

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