New testing site opens at McCoy Stadium to help with long lines and wait times
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – A new testing site is now open at the McCoy Stadium parking lot in Pawtucket.
It’s one of three new sites the Department of Health recently opened to help with long lines and waiting times across the state.
“Today’s opening day,” Sean Todd, Sales Manager for New England ACCU Reference Medical Lab said. “We have 500 patients coming in. We’ll be testing about 36 patients an hour and we’re ready to rock and roll.”
This site is the first in the state set up for private industry in cooperation with the National Guard and the City of Pawtucket.
“We’ve got a bunch of swabbers, we’ve got patient registration professionals up top and a whole bunch of busy hands to help out,” Todd said.
The team was hard at work outside McCoy Stadium getting the site ready to go just minutes before the gates opened. At 9:00 a.m. on the dot, there was already a line of cars waiting to get tested.
“National Guard contacted us. We’ve been working with the state for about four months now and asked us to set up a site,” Todd said. “We dropped our trailer on Tuesday morning and in three days we got this site up and running.”
The site at McCoy Stadium is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for people with or without symptoms and regardless of insurance, but you do need an appointment.
“They’ll be coming in off the main road, we’ve got two check-in booths,” Todd said. “They’ll get registered, we’ll print their labels from our trailer, swab the patient, and they’re on their way.”
There are also two other sites that recently opened dedicated to asymptomatic patients. One is at South Road Elementary School in South Kingstown and the other is at the Stop and Shop in Greenville.
In Pawtucket, Todd hopes the extra hands will help not only with long lines, but turnaround times as well.
“ACCU turnaround specimen is around .64 days, so results have been really fast with us when you get to the lab,” Todd said. “We’re here to help Rhode Islanders.”