Mayor Update – COVID-19 Testing for School Community

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Excerpt from Mayor’s Email Update – Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

COVID-19 Testing for School Community, Vulnerable Residents
The City of Newton and Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH) are pleased to announce
a new partnership to provide safety net COVID-19 testing for school community
members and vulnerable residents.

Newton’s Health and Human Services staff will refer eligible members of the Newton
school community or social service clients to NWH for COVID-19 testing. People will
be eligible if they have relevant symptoms or have been a close contact of someone
who has tested positive. This service is specifically for those who lack access to a
primary care physician or have other extenuating circumstances that make obtaining
a test challenging. People should start with their own healthcare provider if they
have one, and turn to the Health and Human Services Department if they need more

This rapid and easy access to testing, for those who would otherwise struggle to
access these services, will help protect everyone in our community and ensure that
those tested have complete and relatively quick information about their COVID-19
status. While we still have to complete the paperwork, we’re both excited about this