Testing

There are several ways that Cambridge residents can get tested for COVID-19. The sites listed below are offering viral tests, which tell you if you have a current infection. Viral testing is covered by insurance and, in some instances, is being offered for free, depending on the site.

 

East Cambridge Testing Site

Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) is offering COVID-19 testing to all Cambridge residents via a stand-alone testing center at the CHA East Cambridge Care Center (163 Gore St., Cambridge). The service launched on May 8. Cambridge residents age 8 and older are welcome, regardless of insurance or immigration status. The Cambridge Public Health Department will call residents with the results of their test within five days. Learn more.

  • Residents MUST CALL 617-665-2928 to set up an appointment. The Call Center is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Testing is provided to Cambridge residents and CHA patients Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Testing is available both as a drive-thru service and for bicyclists and people who arrive on foot.

The Port Neighborhood

The City of Cambridge completed free COVID-19 testing in The Port neighborhood. The Cambridge Public Health Department will call residents with the results of their test within five days. Learn more.

Senior Housing Buildings

The City of Cambridge completed free mobile COVID-19 testing in all Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) senior buildings between May 20-26. The Cambridge Public Health Department will call results with the results of their test within five days.

 

Other Ways to Get Tested

If you are not a Cambridge resident or cannot access the Cambridge testing sites, there are several ways you can gain access to testing:

Contact Your Health Care Provider

If you think you may have COVID-19, call your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms may include fever, sore throat, loss of sense of smell, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, or chills.

Your health care provider will help you decide whether testing is appropriate. If your provider thinks you should be tested and cannot do the test on-site, they will make the referral to a testing site near you.

Here is a current list of COVID-19 testing sites in Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/doc/ma-covid-19-testing-sites/download

Use the State’s Free Online Telehealth Service

The state is partnering with Doctor on Demand to offer free telehealth visits to Massachusetts residents who want to get a quick assessment of symptoms and/or do not have health insurance. Through this service, you’ll be evaluated online and connected to testing if needed. To access this free service, go to: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/check-your-symptoms-for-covid-19-online

Call the State’s 24-Hour Hotline

If you do not have internet access or do not feel comfortable using websites, you can call 2-1-1, a 24-hour state-supported telephone hotline. Hotline staff can provide guidance on testing. 

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