4-3-20 Quincy Testing Sites. There will be two sites in Quincy where drive-thru testing for the coronavirus will occur. Please note that these sites are not open to the general public.

One site is located at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Quincy headquarters at 1600 Crown Colony Drive. To get a test at the site, individuals must first be screened by ConvenientMD and then be referred to the site as appropriate by the medical provider. The guidelines for accessing the site can be found here.

The other site is located at Manet Community Health Center at 110 East Squantum Street in Quincy. This site is not open to the general public. Those screened and tested in the tent will be patients who receive care at Manet, or need access to primary care. The tent will be staffed by board-certified infectious disease, internal medicine and urgent care physicians, who are highly trained in safety precautions and infection control measures. The drive-through tent will enable screened individuals, first screened over the phone, to then arrive by appointment and remain in their vehicles for testing. Patients must have an appointment; and not all persons are deemed in need of testing.

Some residents who live near the Manet site have contacted my office with concerns regarding having a testing site at that location. What we have learned from Manet is that “testing in a car rather than entering a facility adds yet another layer of safety for patients, community residents and staff alike. The patients and testing pose no risk to neighbors. Testing via a mobile model is not how COVID-19 spreads. COVID-19 requires close contact (within 6 feet for over 10 minutes) for someone to become infected. Please be assured that this mode of testing patients is not a health risk to those who live nearby and will only serve to improve the health of our community. The community will be healthier for this as the testing, along with the clinical follow-up and education before and after an individual has been screened and tested, are the best defenses we have against COVID-19.” You can go to CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) for general information, or here for CDC information on how the virus spreads.

4-2-20 Parking restricted at Wollaston Beach. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has announced parking restrictions at DCR beaches, including Wollaston Beach. Effective Friday, April 3, 2020 at 12:00 noon, all parking along Quincy Shore Drive and Wollaston Beach will be closed. There will be two small areas on Quincy Shore Drive (located South of Sachem Street and at Morse Street) that will remain open for 15 minute parking. Parking areas at Caddy Park will also be closed.

For more information from the communities I represent, please click on Abington, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, and Rockland.