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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

波士頓市在Allston提供10天COVID-19免費檢測


(Boston Orange 編譯)波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin J. Walsh)(21)日宣佈,波市府和東波士頓鄰里健康中心(East Boston Neighborhood Health Center)合作,即日起至週六的81日止,在奧斯頓(Allston)劍橋街500號的BCYF Jackson Mann社區中心這臨時地點,為有症狀及無症狀的居民提供免費,保密的新型冠狀病毒檢測。
                        任何人都可直接走進去做檢測,市府雖然不硬性規定,但鼓勵民眾要先打電話到617-568-4500登記。
馬丁華殊說,對個人或家庭來說,做新型冠狀病毒檢測以釐清狀況,是非常基本必要的,對市府衡量重新開放的安全也很重要。
BCYF Jackson Mann社區中心開放檢測的日期和時間,依序為:
星期二,721日週二至724日週五,下午2點至7點;725日週六,早上10點至下午3點;728日週二到731日的下午2點至7點,81日週六的早上10點至下午3點。
在奧斯頓這臨時檢測站之外,新型冠狀病毒檢測在全市還有20個地方。查詢詳情可洽市長熱線617-534-5050,或上網https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-health-commission/map-covid-19-testing-sites
              波士頓市府表示,市府一直在和社區健康中心合作,尤其是COVID-19感染率高的社區,增加檢測率。截至713日為止,波士頓市居民共有99,279人做過COVID-19檢測,其中14.2%檢測結果陽性,比76日那一週的15.2%,降低了1個百分點。東波士頓,麥特潘,海德公園及多徹斯特和市內其他地區相比,陽性比率一直都比較高些。若以族裔來分,截至717日,17.4%為亞裔,37%為黑人,28%為西語裔或拉丁裔,25%為白人,7%為多族裔或其他類別。查詢最新的波士頓鄰里數據可上網https://bphc.org/whatwedo/infectious-diseases/Infectious-Diseases-A-to-Z/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx
             波士頓市長馬丁華殊和波士頓彈性基金執行委員會已撥發172萬元來擴大COVID-19檢測,以及給社區健康中心做文化上適當的外展及教育,包括Bowdoin Street Community Health Center, Codman Square Community Health Center, The Dimock Center, DotHouse Health, Mattapan Community Health Center, Uphams Corner Community Health Center, Whittier Street Community Health Center, Charles River Community Health, Fenway Health, Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center, Harbor Health, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center,  Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, South Boston Community Health Center, NEW Health Charlestown, South End Community Health Center, and Brookside Community Health Cente
              該基金同時支持那些社區健康中心的遠距醫療服務及設備,以及把檢測和居家安全治療的選項連接起來。查詢有關波士頓重新開放的更多資訊,可上網boston.gov/reopening。民眾有疑問可撥打311,這波士頓市民24小時熱線,或是發簡訊BOSCOVID888-777,以按時接收有11種語言的簡訊警告。

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES FREE POP-UP COVID-19 TESTING IN ALLSTON


The 10-day pop-up site is in partnership with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center


BOSTON - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston, in partnership with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, is offering confidential COVID-19 testing at no cost for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals at a pop-up location in Allston. The COVID-19 testing initiative will be available for residents starting today, Tuesday, July 21 to Saturday, August 1 at BCYF Jackson Mann Community Center located at 500 Cambridge Street in Allston. Testing is available to anyone by walk-up only. Registration is not mandatory, but residents are encouraged to register in advance by calling (617) 568-4500. 
"COVID-19 testing is fundamental to individuals and families' clarity, and it's also important for guiding our gradual and safe reopening plans. As a City, we will continue to place the health and safety of our residents as our top priority so we must continue to make decisions based on public health data," said Mayor Walsh. "Thank you to the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center for your partnership in making COVID-19 testing more accessible for more residents."
The dates and hours of operation at BCYF Jackson Mann Community Center are: 
Tuesday, July 21 - Friday, July 242:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 2510:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 28- Friday, July 312:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 110:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  
In addition to the pop-up site in Allston, COVID-19 testing is available at over 20 locations across the city. Mobile testing sites also continue to be available at select locations, prioritizing neighborhoods and populations that need dedicated testing efforts to create equitable access to testing. Individuals can call the Mayor's Health Line with any questions using 617-534-5050. For a complete list of all testing sites, visit here
The City of Boston has been partnering with community health centers to increase access to testing, particularly in neighborhoods experiencing higher rates of COVID-19. As of July 13, 2020, there have been 99,279 COVID-19 tests of Boston residents of which 14.2 percent have testing positive, down from 15.2 percent reported through July 6, 2020. The incidence rate of COVID-19 has been higher for East Boston, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Dorchester compared to the rest of Boston. Of cases where race/ethnicity was known, as of July 17, 4 percent were Asian, 37 percent were Black, 28 percent were Hispanic or Latino, 25 percent were white, and 7 percent identified as multi-racial or another racial/ethnic group. The latest numbers of cases by Boston neighborhoods are available here.
Mayor Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund Steering Committee have dedicated over $1,720,000 to expand COVID-19 testing and conduct culturally appropriate outreach and education to community health centers across City of Boston neighborhoods, including Bowdoin Street Community Health CenterCodman Square Community Health CenterThe Dimock CenterDotHouse HealthMattapan Community Health Center, Uphams Corner Community Health Center, Whittier Street Community Health CenterCharles River Community HealthFenway HealthGreater Roslindale Medical & Dental CenterHarbor HealthEast Boston Neighborhood Health CenterHarvard Street Neighborhood Health Center,  Southern Jamaica Plain Health CenterSouth Boston Community Health CenterNEW Health CharlestownSouth End Community Health Center, and Brookside Community Health Center. The Fund has also supported telehealth services and equipment at those community health centers as well to connect testing to safe treatment options at home.
Resources and information about COVID-19 are available online. Resources available on boston.gov and through City departments include support for renters and homeowners; small businesses; free meals for Boston students; free toiletries for Boston students; support for older residents; information on homeless shelters; resources for those in recovery or those who have a substance use disorder; and mental health resources. More information on Boston's reopening can be found at boston.gov/reopening.
For additional questions or programs, please visit our coronavirus website or call 3-1-1, Boston's 24-hour constituent hotline. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to receive text alerts on a regular basis, available in 11 languages.

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