As COVID Numbers Rise, City Receives, Distributes Additional At-Home Rapid Tests

With COVID-19 cases on the rise again, the Greenfield Health Department has received 3,220 additional coronavirus at-home rapid antigen tests to distribute across Franklin County. This is the second shipment of tests earmarked for the region by the commonwealth as part of the closure of the Stop the Spread PCR testing site at Greenfield Community College on March 31. This is in addition to 2,000 tests received last month.

Franklin County residents will be able to access these tests through the Greenfield Health Department and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. FRCOG is receiving 1,000 additional tests from this latest shipment. The City is also providing tests to Montague, Deerfield and Sunderland as part of its inter-municipal partnership.

“With COVID cases in Greenfield rapidly increasing, these additional at-home tests are an important tool in tracking the virus and helping to keep people safe,” said Greenfield Health Director Jennifer Hoffman. “It is important that if you are in close contact with someone who has COVID, even if you are fully vaccinated, to get tested and wear a mask, even outdoors, for 10 days, per CDC guidance.”

FRCOG Director of Community Services Phoebe Walker 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/.

The Greenfield Health Department continues to provide 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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