COVID-19 Testing in Salem

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Stop the Spread

Free PCR testing, six days per week at two different locations. Drive-through at Salem High School (77 Willson Street) Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 4pm-8pm (vehicles not permitted before 3:30pm due to school dismisal); Saturdays 10am-3pm or walk-up at St. Peter's Church (24 St. Peter Street) Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9am-3pm, and Friday's 9am-2pm. Both sites will be closed on Monday January 17, 2022. Closed on holidays. Note that sites may close earlier than the posted hours if the testing site runs out of testing materials. Please be aware that during testing at this site, the line may be closed to new vehicles when traffic reaches Willson Street. If the lot is full, this site will be closed to new entering vehicles for the remainder of the testing hours that day. Allow 1-3 days from testing for results. No cost, no proof of insurance or residency/citizenship required. Stop the Spread is a state testing program; you can also visit Stop the Spread sites in communities around Salem. Visit www.mass.gov/stopthespread to find locations.

Curative Testing

Curative has a free walk-up PCR testing site located in Riley Plaza. This is a self-administered COVID test and results are returned in 24-48 hours. The testing trailer is open Mondays-Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You must pre-register for an appointment time to receive a test at this location. You can pre-register for an appointment time at https://curative.com/sites/33988.

SCAN Testing

Salem Coronavirus Awareness Network (SCAN) PCR testing is for Salem residents only and with pre-registration only. Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center (CLC), 401 Bridge Street, January 16th from 1-5pm and January 18th from 4-8pm. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this site. No proof of citizenship or insurance are necessary to register or receive a test. Register for your appointment time at www.salem.com/scan. As additional dates and times become available, they will be added to the registration portal. Test results, whether positive or negative, are returned to you by email from CareEvolve within 24-48 hours. If you do not receive a result in 48 hours, please call 844-422-8253.

Pharmacy Testing

COVID-19 testing is available at many private pharmacies, including both PCR testing (allow 1-2 days for results) and rapid antigen testing (allow 1-6 hours for results). Costs and proof of insurance vary depending on location; contact the pharmacy for more information. Locations in Salem include multiple CVS pharmacies (https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing), the Walgreens located on Boston Street (https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing?ban=covid_vanity_testing).

Salem State University Testing

If you are an employee or student at Salem State University, you can visit the university's free COVID-19 testing site. Details are available here: https://www.salemstate.edu/covid19testing.

Free Rapid At-Home Tests

The City of Salem will provide distributions of free rapid at-home antigen tests as supplies are available. These distributions are provided directly to certain agencies and facilities that serve high-risk and disproportionately impacted residents and workers, and also made available to the general public as available. Individuals with health insurance are able to purchase a limited quantity of qualifying rapid at-home tests and then seek reimbursement from their insurance. For more details please visit www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/01/10/biden-harris-administration-requires-insurance-companies-group-health-plans-to-cover-cost-at-home-covid-19-tests-increasing-access-free-tests.html.

Test kits will be distributed by Health Department staff on the following schedule, subject to availability. If all kits are distributed by any point the remaining distribution dates will be cancelled until additional test kits are procured and available to the City:

  • Tuesday, January 18, 9AM to Noon, 401 Bridge Street
  • Tuesday, January 18, 1PM to 3PM, 98 Washington Street
  • Wednesday, January 19, 9AM to Noon, 401 Bridge Street
  • Wednesday, January 19, 1PM to 3PM, 98 Washington Street
  • Thursday, January 20, 9AM to Noon, 401 Bridge Street
  • Thursday, January 20, 3PM to 6:30PM, 135 Lafayette Street
  • Tuesday, January 25, 9AM to Noon, 401 Bridge Street
  • Tuesday, January 25, 1PM to 3PM, 98 Washington Street
  • Wednesday, January 26, 9AM to Noon, 401 Bridge Street
  • Wednesday, January 26, 1PM to 3PM, 98 Washington Street
  • Thursday, January 27, 9AM to Noon, 401 Bridge Street
  • Thursday, January 27, 3PM to 6:30PM, 135 Lafayette Street

Please note:

  • Up to two test kits will be distributed to each household for this round of distribution.
  • Proof of Salem residency is required to receive the free test kits. No proof of citizenship or insurance is necessary.
  • In the event additional test kits remain after this general distribution, the City may schedule additional distribution dates and, potentially, allow households to pick up a second test kit. In that event, another announcement will be made.
  • Salem businesses that are subject to the Board of Health’s December 22, 2021 orders may request up to five test kits per week for their employees through the end of January. Contact health@salem.com for more information.