Coventry offers free drive-up COVID-19 testing

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COVENTRY, R.I. (WLNE) – The town of Coventry held a free drive-up COVID-19 testing site for residents on Saturday at Coventry High School.

The drive-up site will provide Coventry residents with their results within 36 hours.

Fire officials told ABC6 News that about one thousand people came to take their COVID tests in the high school’s parking lot.  The testing site opened earlier than planned due the amount of cars in line waiting to be tested.

Two days prior to the town’s drive-up testing site, Coventry Superintendent Craig Levis announced that the town’s schools will be switching to distance learning. 

Citing data that put the town’s positivity rate at 15.3 percent, up from the previous week rate of 12.6 percent, Levis said that was twice the state’s average and one of the highest in the state.

“Over the last few days, we have seen an increase in the number of staff who are close contacts with someone positive, several staff members who are experiencing symptoms, and the number of students and staff identified as being positive or waiting for test results,” Levis said. “This has been an extremely difficult decision to make but I believe it is in the best interest of our school community.”

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