AMR test site sees less traffic despite growing number of cases


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — There are hardly any cars to be seen this weekend at the Eastfield Mall COVID testing site in Springfield.

“Certainly the positivity has increased…it’s still a small number of people coming to the site per day, around 250 people are being tested at the site every day,” said Mark Laprade, Field Operations Supervisor/ paramedic at AMR at 22News.

The AMR testing site is one of the few remaining “Stop the Spread sites” in Western Massachusetts as COVID cases continue to rise across the state.

The CDC released its weekly COVID-19 Risk Report on Thursday, saying Hampshire and Berkshire County are at medium risk of spreading COVID-19. Franklin County and Hampden County are still considered low risk.

Looking at the spread of COVID nationwide, there is a slight spike in the northeast, but most states across the country are at low risk for the spread of COVID-19. Over 91% of US counties are low risk. And while the number of people heading to the Eastfield Mall test site doesn’t compare to what they saw earlier this year, AMR workers say they remain prepared.

“We still have all the lanes, and although not all of them are open because we don’t see the volume right now,” Laprade continued. “We still maintain the status quo. In case things increase by 25% or 35%, we will have to recruit more staff.

The CDC recommends that you get tested if you have symptoms and stay up to date on your COVID vaccines. If you live in an area considered medium risk and are at high risk of becoming seriously ill, you should contact your health care provider to find out if you should wear a mask.


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