RIDOH closes two pop-up testing sites early due to high volume

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) told ABC 6 that the department opted to close two pop-up COVID-19 testing sites early on Sunday, due to a high volume of participants.

Joseph Wendelken said the department decided to close both Stop & Shop locations, in Pawtucket and Providence.

Wendelken said those who still wanted to get tested were directed to head to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, which is better equipped to handle the volume.

“The demand for testing is a good thing,” Wendelken said in an email. “We want people to get tested. However, the pop-up sites are intended for people who are already at those shopping locations. If people want to go somewhere specifically to get tested, the quickest and most convenient option is to schedule a same-day test through portal.ri.gov. We have thousands of slots open a day, especially at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.”

The Department of Health said same day appointments are available, and there is free parking in the North Garage.  Those being tested can expect to have their results back within thirty minutes.

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