Memorial Hospital becomes multilingual testing site for Coronavirus

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Care New England partnered with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa to open a multilingual Coronavirus testing site at the former Memorial Hospital property.

The new testing site is set to open Wednesday, tripling the capacity of existing test sites available for Pawtucket and Central Falls residents. CNE will also hold a respiratory clinic on-site at this new location.

The testing site will be catering to both drive-up and walk-through services.

“They’ll be walking and sort of following the same path as the cars but we won’t have cars and walkers at the same time,” said Alyscia Grant, Chief Access Officer with Care New England. “We could potentially see up to 200 people a day.”

The site launched at 2:00 pm on Wednesday and will open for its first full day on Thursday.

Mayors Grebien and Diossa said it’s addressing a major need in the Blackstone Valley.

“It’s really to focus in on all the residents having that close proximity so people can potentially walk here drive here if they have cars,” Grebien said. “So, so important.”

“Expands the ability for both communities with very dense populations to give access to our residents for testing,” said Diossa.

With the opening of the new site the two mayors said it also helps the minority populations in their communities.

“It really is for Pawtucket and Central Falls residents we’re trying to focus in on,” Grebien said. “We know we have a big population, minority population.”

“We know that many of these populations work front line jobs. Grocery shops, restaurants,” said Diossa.

It will also give the mayors a better idea of where they stand in the fight against coronavirus, and with the new site, they said they are “mentally prepared” for more cases to emerge in the coming days.

“We know the numbers are creeping up a little bit but we dont know how many people from Pawtucket or Central Falls are being tested so that was one of the needs,” Grebien said.

The new site is part of the CFP Beat COVID-19 effort, a community collaboration aimed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Pawtucket and Central Falls.

CNE medical professionals are staffing this testing site Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

People will be able to find out their results in 24 to 72 hours after the test was administered.

Symptomatic patients should call their primary care provider or call 401-CareNOW (401-227-3669) to make an appointment

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Categories: Coronavirus, Pawtucket, Regional News, Rhode Island