BROOKLINE — Town Manager Mel Kleckner and Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett wish to inform the public that the town’s COVID-19 testing site closed on Thursday, March 4.
The Brookline Department of Public Health partnered with mPathy LLC in November to set up the testing site inBrookline for members of the community who showed COVID-19 symptoms or were identified as close contacts of positive cases. The site originally was to remain open through December, but that was extended for several months.
CARES Act funding used to operate the clinic has been depleted. Additionally, the number of tests given daily has dropped significantly in recent weeks.
Clinic staff administered more than 9,700 tests and identified 385 positive cases.
“We are glad to have been able to offer this resource to our residents over the last few months,” Dr. Jett said. “Testing has remained a vital resource throughout the pandemic, allowing us to have an accurate picture of the prevalence of the virus in our community and thus, how to prevent any further spread. We encourage you to utilize the local testing sites going forward and to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your community.”
Free testing is available through the state’s Stop the Spread initiative. For more information, click here.
Residents may also obtain a COVID-19 test at the following local locations:
- Mass General Brigham Urgent Care, 1285 Beacon St., Brookline
- Physician One Urgent Care, 1210 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill
- BIDMC, 1290 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill
Brookline’s designation remains at “green,” indicating a “low risk” of COVID-19 spread in the community. According to state data released on Feb. 25, the average daily incidence rate for the Town is 7.4 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day average. Daily incidence rates and percentage of positive tests in the town continue to decline.
The Town urges residents to limit COVID-19 spread by continuing to always wear face coverings while in public — indoors and outside — as well as practicing social distancing and avoiding gatherings.Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 is asked to get tested and stay home as they await their results.
The Town encourages everyone to stay informed regarding COVID-19. The following websites are recommended for the most updated information:
- Town of Brookline’s COVID-19 resource page: brooklinecovid19.com/
- Town of Brookline Official Website: brooklinema.gov
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health: mass.gov/covid-19
- Massachusetts 2-1-1 general COVID-19 information: Click here or dial 2-1-1 (24/7)
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov