PROVIDENCE — The RI Department of Health is closing several COVID-19 testing sites this month, citing a decrease in demand as vaccinations increase in the Ocean State.
RIDOH announced Monday that it will maintain 25 state testing sites, listing several that will close by the end of June. A list of 28 state-run RI COVID-19 testing sites on the state’s pandemic information page notes 10 of them will close.
“The COVID-19 positivity rate in Rhode Island has gone down and vaccination rates are among the highest in the nation,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. “But the pandemic is not over, and Rhode Islanders need to remain vigilant. COVID-19 testing will continue to be a critical tool in identifying disease and preventing outbreaks.”
At the height of its testing volume in April, the State was testing 125,000 people per week. The State is now testing approximately 50,000 per week. The State will be able to ramp up capacity if needed, RIDOH said in a statement about the impending testing site closures.
RIDOH listed 13 testing sites it plans to close:
Saturday, June 26, will be the last day of testing at the following sites:
- Barrington Shopping Center: 180 County Rd. Barrington, RI 02806
- Dorrance Street: 79 Dorrance St. Providence, RI 02903
- Park Holm Senior Center: 1 Eisenhower St. Newport, RI 02840
- Stop & Shop Newport: 199 JT Connell Hwy Newport, RI 02840
- K12 CCRI- Newport: 1 John H. Chafee Blvd. Newport, RI 02840
- K12 Pastore Campus: 19 Foster Rd. Cranston, RI 02920
Sunday, June 27, will be the last day of testing at the following sites:
- New England Tech-East Greenwich: 1560 Division Rd. East Greenwich, RI 02818
- New England Tech-Warwick: 2480 Post Road Warwick, RI 02886
- North Providence Mineral Spring: 1967 Mineral Spring Ave. North Providence, RI 02904
- Rhode Island Convention Center Parking Garage: 114 West Exchange St. Providence, RI 02903 (walk-up PCR location at the ticket booth on Sabin Street will remain open)
- Smithfield VFW: 47 Farnum Pike Smithfield, RI 02917
- Stop & Shop Cottage Street-Pawtucket: 368 – 398 Cottage St. Pawtucket, RI 02860
- Walnut Hill Plaza: 1500 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895
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