We offer no-cost, confidential COVID-19 testing for people living in the City of Chicopee.
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The City of Chicopee is offering appointment-free COVID-19 tests to any First Responder, ALL City of Chicopee residents (over the age of 2 years old), and City of Chicopee Municipal employees experiencing symptoms. Every test will be administered for free. This new testing site will administer up to 20,000 tests for up to 3 months or till the tests run out.
Symptoms that may warrant a test include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle ache, sore throat, headache, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, the recent loss of taste or smell, or confusion, particularly in older adults.
The following COVID-19 drive-through testing times are available for any First Responder, ALL City of Chicopee residents, and City of Chicopee Municipal employees and their families (up to 400 per day):
**Starting Monday, March 1st, 2021, the Chicopee Municipal COVID-19 Test Site at the RiverMills Senior Center will be open Mondays and Wednesdays only. Operating hours will remain 8AM – 12PM.**
A steady decline in numbers at the site led to the decision to reduce the operating days from three days a week down to two days.
This Test Site is for persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and should not be going to work if they are symptomatic.
For all others who may not be symptomatic but still want a test, please use the other local testing sites found here: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing
NOTICE: Testing is NOT a replacement for other COVID-19 mitigation measures, like quarantining people exposed to the virus, mask-wearing, and social distancing.
This is a drive-through only testing site while the state continues to provide walk-up testing locations at other area locations that can be found at https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing.
*Patients must visit the test site in their vehicles, as testing will be done in their car. No walk-ups will be allowed.*
Any First Responder, all City of Chicopee residents, and City of Chicopee Municipal employees and their families can simply visit the new drive-through site at RiverMills Senior Center on 5 W. Main Street, Chicopee beginning at 8:00 AM until Noon on any of the above available dates.
Although no appointment is required, you can speed the process by completing the necessary intake form online, print it, and bring it with you (including the required proof of Chicopee residency). The intake form can be found here:
WHAT TYPE OF TEST ARE THEY USING AND HOW LONG FOR MY RESULTS?
Up to 400 patients are expected to be tested daily at this site and the results will be garnered within 24 hours, as they will be using PCR tests.
PCR testing is considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. This test detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms.
Turnaround time can be in as little as 24 hours from the time of sample delivery to the lab (not the time of testing). When demand is high, results can take up to 48 hours. Please look for the result email to originate from Care Evolve (it may be found in a SPAM/JUNK folder). Subject Line: Your Care Providers Test Results
If you haven’t received an email with your test results after 48 hours, please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org and your results will be emailed to you following confirmation of information.
HOW CAN I HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?
Wear a face mask.
Social distance – maintain 6 feet distance.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
As always, if you are not sure if a COVID-19 test is right for you, please talk with your healthcare provider.