COVID-19 Testing

We are hoping to have in-office testing capability soon. Stay tuned!

Where to get a test:

  • At Newton-Wellesley Hospital's outdoor testing tent:

    • If you or your child have symptoms or known, close exposure, please call our office to discuss - we may recommend a visit with us first if we think you or your child needs to be evaluated. Currently turn around time to get a test for a symptomatic patient is within 24 hours. 

    • For clearance: for children without symptoms or known exposure, also please call to us to discuss. For asymptomatic patients a test at the testing tent may take up to 1 week to schedule, thus we recommend you call in advance to schedule any clearance tests and/or visit the following sites for other testing options.

    • Newton-Wellesley is currently running PCR tests. If you schedule a test at another site, please inquire what type of test they offer, as not all tests are valid for clearance of asymptomatic individuals. 

Other testing options:

Who needs a test?

  • Anyone with symptoms or known close exposure to a COVID-19 case, defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes without appropriate PPE, explained here

  • Anyone who travels and re-enters into Massachusetts unless they are from a low risk state both need a test and to fill out a travel form (or you have the option to quarantine for 14 days after return). 

  • Of note, the CDC recommendation is to quarantine for a full 14 days if you have been exposed even if you have a negative test within that time period. Isolation vs quarantine explained here

Which test?

  • There are antigen, PCR and antibody tests. Antigen and PCR tests assess whether you actively have COVID. Antibody testing shows whether you were exposed. We still do not know if having antibodies means that you are immune, thus at this time it is not widely recommended, as the CDC recommends following the same general guidelines.

Stop the spread initiative:

  • Stop the spread initiative:

  • This is a Massachusetts state-wide initiative that offers free testing to all residents in areas with high number of COVID cases. It is recommended that all residents regardless of symptoms or exposures get tested in these areas. Check mass.gov regularly for locations.

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