Free COVID-19 Testing Site in Melrose Reopening Saturday Due to High Demand

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Free coronavirus testing was available Friday at a pop-up site in Malden, Massachusetts, and it was so busy that it will be available again Saturday.

Testing was offered at Melrose Middle-High School Friday, and there was a three-hour wait. The site will reopen Saturday from 1-6 p.m.

Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur and the Department of Public Health decided to set up the COVID-19 testing site after seeing a spike in cases - including a student.

Test results were expected to be available within 24 to 48 hours.

Health officials are conducting contact tracing to slow the spread and determine what caused the increase as the city initially had a low number of positive cases.

"We chose this spot because it’s centrally located," Brodeur said.

City officials continue to stress the importance of social distancing,  wearing face coverings and maintaining proper hygiene. They ask anyone who may feel sick or have any symptoms to stay home outside of being tested. 

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