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COVID-19 Testing at HCC Extended Through September at Different Location on Campus

HOLYOKE — Free “Stop the Spread” COVID-19 testing at Holyoke Community College (HCC) has been extended through September, according to the Holyoke Board of Health.

Drive-through testing at HCC is currently conducted six days a week in parking lot H near the western entrance to the Donahue Building on the college’s main campus, 303 Homestead Ave. However, effective June 1, testing will move to Parking Lot M near the Bartley Center for Athletics & Recreation on the opposite side of campus.

Wait times for tests are not nearly as long as they used to be, according to site administrators, with only a handful of vehicles lined up at the busiest times. HCC has been serving as a “Stop the Spread” drive-through testing site since last August to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Drivers are asked to enter the campus from Homestead Avenue, turn left onto the Campus Road, and proceed to parking lot H (or to parking lot M after June 1). Signs and parking attendants are on site to help guide traffic.

The HCC testing site is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m.

Testing is free to all Massachusetts residents and conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments are needed, and no referral is necessary. Turnaround time for results is typically four days or fewer.

Testing may sometimes be canceled due to inclement weather. Visit the Holyoke Board of Health website at www.holyoke.org/departments/board-of-health for up-to-date information on cancellations.