The City of Salem has launched the Salem Coronavirus Awareness Network – SCAN – a free community testing program open to all Salem residents or individuals who work in Salem.
Individuals can get tested without cost or need to show proof of insurance or citizenship. The method of testing is via the less intrusive anterior nares swab of the nasal passage. Testing will be available as a drive-up or walk-in on dates and times to be announced. As any additional dates are confirmed they will be announced. No reservations are required, and testing will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals do not need to be symptomatic, quarantining, or have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in order to be tested. Test results will be sent to the individual within 36 hours of the test.
“I strongly encourage all Salem residents and workers to get tested once or multiple times,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “This program will be especially helpful for workers in our front-line industries and tourism sectors, public employees, members of our school community, and high-risk residents like older adults. The results will not only be important for your own personal health and well-being, they will help us better monitor the aggregate level of positivity during a critical time as school re-opening approaches and our visitor numbers increase. I’m grateful to all the partners that have helped to make the SCAN program possible, including City staff, the facilities team at Salem Public Schools, Salem State University, Fallon Ambulance, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.”
Dates, times, and locations for the seven days of SCAN testing will be announced shortly.