BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wants residents who have joined recent protests in the city to get a coronavirus test.

Thousands of people have been marching through the streets of Boston, demanding justice and change in the police department after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

There have been concerns that these large gatherings could lead to an increase in coronavirus cases.

“As people lift their voices to fight racism and injustice we want to make sure that we keep them safe,” Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference Wednesday.

So, the city of Boston is working with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center to offer free coronavirus testing on Wednesday and Thursday, whether you have symptoms or not.

Coronavirus testing site in Roxbury (WBZ-TV)

The pop-up test site is in the parking lot of the Washington Park Mall in Roxbury. Testing is available to anyone on a walk-in or appointment basis.

“The more testing we have available for people who may have had high exposure the better it can help people understand if they have illness and it can help us understand what the transmission dynamics were like,” said Dr. Abraar Karan, a physician at Harvard Medical School working on the COVID-19 response in Massachusetts.

Dr. Karan says in order to get an accurate result people shouldn’t get tested immediately after attending a demonstration.

“If you get tested the same exact day or just the day after you may not have enough virus at that point to actually have the test be positive,” he told WBZ-TV.

If you do get a negative result, Dr. Karan still recommends quarantining to keep others safe.

“See if you develop symptoms over that couple weeks’ period. You know with these things you don’t want to take chances you don’t want to inadvertently infect a family member,” he said.

Shawn Philips said she kept her mask on at the protests and hasn’t had symptoms, but went to the free testing site Wednesday.

“I have participated in three of the protests,” said Shawn Philips. “I felt like since they were offering it, it’s not gonna hurt to come do it.”

Philips said the cause was well worth it. “I’ll continue to march as long as they have them, but doing what I can to keep myself and my family safe,” Philips said.

A neighborhood activist said the city was too slow to open up the testing site in Roxbury. “Every other place in this city has gotten support,” said Louis Elisa, who heads the Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association. “In the middle of the black community, where black lives matter, we’ve not gotten that support.”

Testing is available from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Results are expected in four-to-five days.

Boston is also offering coronavirus tests at more than 20 other locations across the city.

Comments (4)
  1. love says:

    Wearing FACE MASKS/having FACE MASKS do to/because of CON-VID-19 is complete 100% scam artistry….. Hands down bar none. Wearing face masks do to human pollution/waste/air pollution is 100% legit.

  2. love says:

    This is PATHETIC believing in Phantoms and ghosts. Absolutely utterly pathetic to the irrational dogma x 100,000,000,000.

    Maybe the most dogmatic person on earth. How can you not be when having an agenda 24/7??? DOGMA Bill.

    You yourself need not do anything. Enjoy life. In fact, we don’t want you to do anything. Please keep your hands out of everything….. And maybe spend the rest of the time you have left understanding your delusion’s. Maybe then you can truly better yourself, because you have a lot to work on. You can’t even see that though. There is no way in heck you should be spending your time on anything else but.

  3. love says:

    You love to make believe in the BOOGIE MAN, Fairy tales & ghosts?

    Keep your false face on…………….

    I guess it is easier to pull off sick Schemas and scams when everyone is participating in make believe irrational utter nonsense.

    I bet you can’t even begin to contemplate the fact that your educational systems does nothing more than form people/you into scam artist without you even being aware of that fact. You go to school to learn how to be a scam artist/be molded into a scam artist and at the same time you learn how to be susceptible to being scammed. Your higher educational system that you waste your money/energy on does nothing more than make you into a more skilled scam artist. All this is done without you even being aware of it… Pathetic……… people’s get molded into the highly degenerate states of a narcissistic psycho-sociopathy…

  4. love says:

    Hi Nick, Sorry I could not chat on the phone when you called. Are you good or would you like me to call you?

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