Coronavirus ‘testing deserts’ are plaguing parts of Massachusetts

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Julian Cyr got a rapid test for COVID-19 when he showed up for work at the State House this week. But after spending a couple of days inside the building where some have reported infections, the state senator from Truro felt it was prudent to get another.The problem, he said, was where.
Cape Cod, Cyr’s home, is one of several of what he calls “testing deserts” in Massachusetts — regions where there are no state-sponsored testing sites and a scarcity of “no-questions-asked” or no-appointment-needed testing, particularly for the asymptomatic.
It’s a problem being felt more acutely as the demand for testing soars across the state amid the one-two punch of rising coronavirus cases and the impending holidays.
Cyr told reporters on a Cape Cod Reopening Task Force call this week that he’d likely get swabbed at one of the state’s “Stop the Spread” sites on his way home from Boston, all of which are miles and miles “off-Cape.”
“I am probably one of the most savvy consumers of health care you can imagine,” Cyr said. “If I’m in this predicament, imagine how many Cape Codders are wondering how do they get a test?”
He also …

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