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Posted on: October 12, 2021

New! Free Community Covid-19 Testing at Bangs Community Center

Community testing sign at the Bangs Center

The Amherst Health Department is offering asymptomatic, unobserved community testing for Covid-19. PCR testing kits are free. Adults and children ages 4 and older without symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible for testing. Individuals with any COVID-19 symptoms should not come to the Amherst Health Department, and should make an appointment with their physician for testing. This new service is in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

  • Pick up test kits: 

    • Bangs Community Center side entrance, 70 Boltwood Walk. Hours: Monday thru Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00PM, or;

    • Jones Library in the front hallway. Hours: During regular Jones Library opening hours. 

    • After picking up your kit, please administer your test outside of the building (home, car, etc.)

  • Drop off test kits: 

    • All test kits should be returned to the secure drop box outside the main entrance of the Bangs Community Center.

    • Make sure to read all the instructions on the slip of paper in your kit.

    • First-time testers need to fill out the questionnaire on the back of the instructions or the test will be void!

    • Drop off is 24/7 and you can expect results within 24-48 hours.

      • If you deposit your kit on Friday or over the weekend, expect results by Monday evening or Tuesday.

      • If you test negative, expect an email.

      • If you test positive, expect a call with instructions.

Questions? Call Amherst Public Health at (413) 259-3077


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