Most Rhode Island COVID-19 testing sites now requiring appointments

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Most state run testing sites in Rhode Island are now requiring people to make appointments before heading to the site.

 Rhode Islanders can schedule a free test online at portal.ri.gov or by calling 401-222-8022. Insurance is accepted but not required.

“Over the last several weeks, Rhode Island has seen an increase in demand for COVID-19 testing. From the week of July 26th to the week of August 2nd, there was a 69% increase in the number of tests scheduled at State sites. When demand for COVID-19 testing was lower, State-sites would accommodate people without appointments. With demand now higher, State test sites are returning to an appointment-only model,” RIDOH spokesperson Joseph Wendelken said.

Wendelkin added that COVID-19 testing program currently approximately 4,600 appointments on average per weekday. The State is planning to expand appointment availability and may open additional test sites if the demand for testing continues to increase.

For more information about COVID-19 testing options and the latest guidance, visit covid.ri.gov/testing.

A schedule of mobile testing sites is available online.

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