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Free COVID-19 Testing

IMPORTANT: Average turnaround times will be longer than normal through the weekend. It may take between 36 and 48 hours to receive your results.

Our next free testing events will take place at:

201 Commercial St., Worcester (Intersection of Commercial St. and Mechanic St.)​​

  • Monday, November 23, 10:30 am to 3 pm
  • Tuesday, November 24, 10:30 am to 3 pm
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Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About the Free COVID-19 Testing Event

What type of tests are being performed?

All patients will receive a shallow nasal swab test, which will be performed by a clinician. The swab test is less invasive, reaching only into the lower nostril.

When can I expect to receive results?

Depending on the volume of tests performed, you should receive your test results within three days. If your test is positive, you will be contacted by a clinician with further information and instructions on what to do. If your test is negative, a representative also will call you with your results. 

Is the testing free?

Yes, this is a free testing event. You will not be charged.

Is this a “rapid” test?

No, this is not a rapid test. As noted above, it will take three days to receive your results. This timing is dependent on the volume of tests performed.'

Are my test results confidential?

Yes, your results are completely confidential. We will share our testing data with the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA, which is supplying the test kits and completing the results on behalf of the state of Massachusetts’ “Stop the Spread” initiative. Through the state’s Maven system, the Worcester Department of Public Health will have access to these results for the purpose of contract tracing. 

Do I need an appointment to be tested?

No, you do not need an appointment to receive a test. This is a walk-up testing event. No preregistration or appointments are needed.

Please note: Latex Balloons No Longer Allowed at Medical Center

Due to allergic reactions to latex and the possible choking hazard for our pediatric patients, these balloons are no longer allowed. Mylar balloons are acceptable to bring into the hospital.