Newsroom - April

Brockton launching drive-up coronavirus testing open to all essential workers

The Enterprise, April 30, 2020
BROCKTON — After Brockton became one of the hardest hit communities in the state by the coronavirus pandemic, city officials and two health care organizations are joining together to ramp up the fight against COVID-19, launching a drive-up testing site in a central location that will be available to all essential workers. Read more »

Free coronavirus testing launches in Malden from Cambridge Health Alliance

MassLive, April 29, 2020
Cambridge Health Alliance will launch a standalone testing center in Malden, offering no-charge COVID-19 tests to CHA’s patients as well as Everett and Malden residents. Read more »

Outer Cape Health to train contact tracers

The Register, April 28, 2020
Officials at Outer Cape Health Services expect to have staff trained and ready to start work next week as contact tracers under an initiative designed to identify and support people exposed to the coronavirus. Read more »

Somerville expands free coronavirus testing to all residents, with walk-up and bike access

Boston Herald, April 27, 2020
Somerville is expanding free coronavirus testing to all residents regardless of insurance or immigration status, and sites will soon allow residents to walk up or ride a bike to get a swab test, Mayor Joseph Curtatone announced Monday. Read more »

Brockton Expands Coronavirus Testing to Determine True Spread- and to stop it

The Enterprise, April 27, 2020
Quest is currenly shipping about 350 tests daily to the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. Read more »

Lowell Community Health Center to become COVID-19 testing site

Lowell Sun, April 24, 2020
The Lowell Community Health Center is slated to become one of 12 new COVID-19 testing sites that will open up at community health centers across the state, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday. Read more »

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Increased Community Health Center COVID-19 Testing Capacity, Access to High-Speed Internet, April 22, 2020
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced an initiative to expand COVID-19 testing at Community Health Centers throughout the Commonwealth. Read more »

Coronavirus Testing to 'Dramatically Increase' At Massachusetts Community Health Centers

CBS Boston, April 22, 2020
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday a plan he said will “dramatically increase” coronavirus testing at community health centers in the state. Read more »

Lynn Community Health Center expands COVID-19 testing

The Daily Item, April 20, 2020
LYNN — Lynn Community Health Center will begin to offer walk-through coronavirus testing for its patients on Tuesday. Read more »

COVID-19 Hits Boston's Black Community Especially Hard

WBUR, April 16, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on different racial and ethnic communities in Boston is not yet fully understood — but according to the partial data we have available, African Americans and others of African descent appear to be hit staggeringly hard by the disease here. Read more »

Boston Homeless Advocates Say Asymptomatic Virus Spread Shows 'Urgent' Need For Universal Testing

WBUR, April 15, 2020
A recent round of coronavirus testing in Boston's homeless population is raising concern about asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus. Read more »

As coronavirus spreads, Quincy's Manet Community Health steps up

The Patriot Ledger, April 12, 2020
QUINCY – Manet Community Health Center has been a key figure in Quincy for decades, providing primary care, obstetrics, vision care, minor surgeries and other services to thousands of patients throughout the city regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. Read more »

Funding boosts health of vital Gateway City health centers

Lowell Sun, April 11, 2020
Community health centers that also serve on the front lines by tending to the neediest of our population have likewise absorbed a significant financial blow as a result of this ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Read more »

Massachusetts community health centers struggle to make ends meet on coronavirus front lines

Boston Herald, April 11, 2020
The phone lines are open at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, the telehealth enhanced, a special clinic ready and waiting to treat those with the flu-like symptoms now so commonly associated with the dangerous COVID-19. Read more »

Coronavirus may be hitting harder in Black and Latino communities

The Boston Globe, April 07, 2020
The state’s two largest community health centers, in East Boston and Lawrence, have encountered a disproportionately large surge of coronavirus cases among Spanish-speakers. Read more »

Mass. Community Health Centers Furlough Staffers, Fear More To Come

WBUR, April 06, 2020
Many of the 52 Community Health Centers in Massachusetts are placing staff on furlough amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak. Read more »

Boston's homeless population experiencing 'significant surge' in coronavirus cases

WBUR, April 06, 2020
Boston's homeless population is seeing a major increase in coronavirus cases, according to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Read more »

Community health centers in Mass. face financial strain

WGBH News, April 06, 2020
Community health centers in Massachusetts are feeling financial pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that advocates say the centers need more state and federal assistance to stay open. Read more »

Boston Police Commissioner delivers masks to local health centers

NBC Boston, April 04, 2020
Health centers across the city of Boston received a critical delivery of thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment on Saturday in their fight against the novel coronavirus. Read more »

Just when they're needed most, clinics for the poor face drastic cCutbacks

The New York Times, April 04, 2020
SEATTLE — Providers of health care in the nation's poorest neighborhoods are used to toiling below the radar, treating chronic diseases and other ravages of poverty in places many Americans never see. Read more »