CCRI COVID-19 test site now open 24/7

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- Rhode Island expanded it’s COVID-19 testing capacity to the Community College of Rhode Island, where the drive-thru rapid test site is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The 24/7 testing began earlier this week, and comes as testing in the state has faced criticisms of having scarce availability.

Marc Pappas, Senior COVID Advisor to Governor Dan McKee, told ABC6 there was an overwhelming demand from the public for the state to offer more convenient testing.

“Not everybody works the same shift, and everyone can’t be available during regular hours,” Pappas explained.

“We want to make it available and easier on people that work those odd times.”

Pappas told ABC6 the CCRI is run by a contracted vendor with a team of crews on site 24/7. But says so far, the state is not seeing a high amount of appointments overnight.

“There’s still a lot of open appointments. I’m not sure the public knows that we’re open 24 hours.”

Drive-thru rapid tests are available 24/7. To schedule your appointment, head to portal.ri.gov.

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