HOLYOKE — Starting Friday, Nov. 6, the location of free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Holyoke Community College (HCC) will shift to parking lot H near the western entrance to the Donahue Building. The change is being made to prepare for the cold-weather months, according to the Holyoke Board of Health.
Hours and days of operation will not change. Testing will continue at least through the end of December.
HCC has been serving as a “Stop the Spread” drive-thru testing site since Aug. 26 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Previously, testing was conducted in parking lot M near the Bartley Center for Athletics and Recreation.
Drivers are now being asked to enter the campus from Homestead Avenue, then turn left onto the Campus Road and proceed to parking lot H. There will be signs and parking attendants on site to manage the flow of traffic.
A map with the new traffic pattern and testing-site location is posted on the Holyoke Board of Health website, www.holyoke.org/hcc-covid-testing-site-to-change.
The HCC testing site is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. Information about closings due to inclement weather can be found on the Holyoke Board of Health website.
Testing is free to all Massachusetts residents and conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments, and no referral is necessary. Turnaround time for results is typically four days or fewer.