COVID-19 testing site opening at R.I. Convention Center
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Depart of Health has announced a new COVID-19 testing site will open Tuesday, July 21 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.
This new testing site will replace the current testing site at Rhode Island College.
The department of health also says the testing site at CCRI will be phased out in the near future.
Testing will be conducted via drive-up, and will take place in the parking garage of the convention center; allowing testing to happen even if there is inclement weather.
People looking to be tested will be directed by signs posted leading them to the testing site.
Testing will be offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tests will be available by appointment only.
The opening of this location will increase the state’s testing capacity, having the capability of conducting 1,500 tests per day.
The convention center testing site will be for symptomatic people and certain asymptomatic people to get a test. Symptomatic people can schedule a test through their healthcare provider, and asymptomatic people can schedule a test if they work in a high-contact profession. In addition, anyone who recently traveled to an area with an increased positivity rate can also be tested.
Governor Raimondo and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH is expected to provide more detailed information on the state’s testing at Wednesday’s press conference.