City Receives, Distributes At-Home Rapid COVID Tests

The Greenfield Health Department has received 2,000 COVID-19 at-home rapid antigen tests to distribute across Franklin County. This is the first round of what is expected to be 5,220 tests earmarked by the state as part of the closure of the Stop the Spread PCR testing site at Greenfield Community College, effective April 1.

Franklin County residents will be able to access these tests through the Greenfield Health Department and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. The City is also providing tests to Montague, Deerfield and Sunderland as part of its inter-municipal partnership. A second shipment is expected from the state later this spring.

“Right now, we distribute a majority of home tests to families who are sick and cannot get out of their homes,” said Greenfield Health Director Jennifer Hoffman. “We also supply home tests if someone comes in for antigen testing and needs follow-up tests to monitor their status. This new supply will allow us to provide these tests to more people to help them keep themselves and their families safe.”

Phoebe Walker, Director of Community Services, reported that residents are welcome to come to the FRCOG offices on the second floor of the Transit Center in Greenfield, or at any walk-in wellness clinic held by the FRCOG’s Public Health Nurses in towns across the region. A list of those clinics can be found at frcog.org/program-services/cooperative-public-health-services/.

Last week, the Greenfield Health Department began providing free antigen testing at its offices at 20 Sanderson Street on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 to 10 a.m. No appointment is necessary and the service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Other local testing options can be found at frcog.org/COVID.

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