Gloucester responds to COVID-19 surge with free testing

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NICHOLAS POULIN, Staff Writer

Due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases the City of Gloucester, along with  the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is offering a free testing program tomorrow and Friday at Stage Fort Park. 

Gloucester’s COVID-19 case count has risen over the past week. The uptick in cases is associated with gatherings/social events. As of this morning, the status of cases in the City of Gloucester were as follows:  379 overall cases (331 confirmed and 48 probable); 321 recovered; 26 COVID-19 related deaths; 32 active cases,” said Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken in an address to Gloucester residents. 

Testing will be available free of charge for all Gloucester residents. No insurance or medical records are needed.

For GHS students, testing is highly encouraged as we begin our hybrid schedule and sports seasons. GHS principal James Cook recommends students and families receive a test. “I think the more testing there is, the safer we are,” he said. “I do recommend the testing. The more we know the safer we are.” 

Testing provides a clearer understanding of community spread in Gloucester and will help facilitate a safe return to school and other activities.

IF YOU GO:

What: FREE COVID-19 Testing

When: Thursday October 15th and Friday October 16th,  9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Where: Stage Fort Park