New COVID testing site opens in Johnston

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — As COVID cases spike, a new testing facility is opening in Johnston.

“I’m sad that we have to have this in this time, but we have to have it,” said Mayor Joseph Polisena. “It’s an important day for our town. To have this testing here in Johnston, it’s amazing.”

The 40-foot trailer facility offers free RNA tests for people with or without symptoms. The tests are administered by health professionals, with results in 24 to 72 hours. The site also offers other resources, supplies, and education.

The trailer is located in the Johnston High School parking lot.

“It was a key situation where I said, ‘I know a good location for it, let’s do it,'” said Johnston School Committee Chair Robert LaFazia.

“It’s very convenient, especially for the residents of Johnston,” said the mayor, a Democrat. “They don’t have to travel to another community, a lot of people don’t want to travel, and I understand why.”

Dr. Wilfredo Giordano-Perez of Tri-County Community Action Agency says it will primarily be for residents in the immediate area, but extends beyond that.

“This is going to allow us to really expand services to provide fantastic opportunities for everyone, really throughout the state,’ he said. “If you need testing and you’re in the Johnston area, you can come by.”

Polisena says we’re all in this together.

“We will test everybody,” the mayor said. “We want to make sure we get a handle on this. I know there’s a spike that people are concerned with, but we’re going to get through this.”

The facility currently has the capacity to test 100 people a day. For hours and to make an appointment, click here.

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