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American Family Care Rolling Out First-of-its-kind COVID-19 Testing

SPRINGFIELD — American Family Care (AFC), the largest provider of urgent care and accessible primary care in the Commonwealth, is rolling out first-of-its-kind COVID-19 testing to families in Western Mass. AFC medical providers are hitting the streets in mobile testing vans to make it easier for patients to find out if they are infected with coronavirus and if they should quarantine and limit exposure to others in the community.

“We have been active in the fight against COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak, and the mobile testing vans augment those ongoing efforts as well as those of the state,” said Dr. Vincent Meoli, regional medical director of AFC centers in the Commonwealth. “Since we opened our doors, we have always looked for better ways to deliver faster, more affordable care to our patients. This is just one way we are doing that during these challenging times.”

Beginning on Nov. 1, the AFC mobile testing vans will be deployed to pre-scheduled locations at schools and businesses throughout the state. The specially equipped vans will be staffed with medical providers who have extensive experience administering government-approved testing equipment, including the Abbott ID NOW molecular rapid test. ID NOW test results are delivered in as little as 15 minutes.

“We anticipate providing 100 to 150 tests per day for patients without symptoms through the mobile vans,” Meoli said. “In addition, we continue to offer diagnostic testing for patients at our Springfield location at 415 Cooley Street. It’s all about giving patients options that best serve their individual needs and time constraints.”