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Baker: COVID-19 Testing Sites To Open In Lowell, West Springfield

New coronavirus testing sites in Lowell and West Springfield will be established this week, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.

A testing site in Lowell opening Tuesday in partnership with CVS Health is the first rapid, drive-through testing site open to the public.

Baker said the site will test up to 1,000 patients per day with results in 15 minutes, who will be able to receive results on-site.

"That will be done probably on an appointment basis and we'll work through a variety of communities such as first responders and others, and public safety, who we've tried to make these drive through test sites available to in other parts of Massachusetts," the governor said. "There's another one that will be going up probably later this week at the Big E in West Springfield."

Baker said more information about the Lowell site would be available Tuesday.

On Sunday, the governor toured a drive-through testing site at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Testing capacity has been a focus of the administration for weeks as Massachusetts has tried to get its arms around the full scale and scope of COVID-19 infections in the state.

Baker set a goal of at least 3,500 new tests each day and Massachusetts has hit that mark most days for the last two weeks or so. On Monday, the Department of Public Health aid there were 4,492 new tests conducted between midday Sunday and midday Monday, bringing the state's total number of tested conducted to 76,429.

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