Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center
Stop the Spread: Asymptomatic Testing Available for All Residents of Massachusetts
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to very high volumes in recent days, the testing line has been closing 4-5 hours prior to the tent closing times (listed below) to ensure all those waiting in line may be tested prior to the tent closing time. Additionally, The testing line may close early in the event of adverse weather conditions to ensure everyone waiting in line is able to be tested before the site closes.
If you are seeking or need a COVID-19 test, and you are not experiencing a medical emergency, please do not go to Emergency Center for testing.
Normal Hours of Operation*
The Emergency Center is for those who need the most critical care. If you are experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms, including but not limited to: difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion or persistent vomiting, please seek emergency care immediately. To learn more about testing locations, self-testing, home testing kits and other testing resources, visit: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing
* The testing site is primarily a drive-through site. If arriving with a vehicle, the driver and all passengers must remain in the car for the entirety of the visit. Lawrence residents only who arrive via public transportation or by walking will be tested without a vehicle by walking up to the check-in tent.
** High volume/long waits are expected, Line will close early to match the wait time so that all in line can be tested before closing.
*** Hours may differ for LGH Pre-Procedure Testing. Please come to the specified testing location at your scheduled appt time.
Normal hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4:30pm
Sat.-Sun.: 8am - 1pm
More Information: 978-946-8409
All residents of Massachusetts have access to COVID-19 testing as part of Governor Baker’s Stop the Spread Testing Initiative. If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, testing for asymptomatic individuals comes at no cost, health insurance is not needed, and there is no age requirement. If you DO have symptoms of COVID-19, testing comes at no cost to you, but billing will go through your insurance. If you are not insured, billing will not be an issue for you. There is no age requirement for testing.
City of Lawrence COVID-19 Information Page
Frequently Asked Questions
When and how can I get my COVID-19 test results?
For your safety and privacy, Lawrence General cannot provide your COVID-19 test results over the phone if you initiate the phone call. Call 978-946-8409
if you need help with any of the methods outlined here in the Guide to Obtaining COVID Test Results
. DO NOT CALL THE MEDIAL RECORDS OFFICE OR THE LABORATORY TO FIND OUT POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE RESULTS.
Who do I call if I have questions about testing or results?
The Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center can be reached at 978-946-8409
. The fax number is 978-946-8488. This is the only place you can get results so please do not call Lawrence General Hospital or the hospital’s laboratory.
Where is the Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center?
The 4-lane drive-through testing site is located in the MVRTA lot off Canal Street in Lawrence. For GPS directions, please use 70 General Street, Lawrence, MA
and follow directional signage upon arrival. The site is open Monday - Saturday from 8 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday from 9 am - 1 pm. Holiday hours are limited to those receiving testing prior to a procedure at Lawrence General.
Is there a wait? What are the testing center’s operating hours?
Drive-through (or walk-up for individuals without vehicles) is available to the public Monday – Friday, from 8 am – 4:30 pm. The testing line may be closed prior to 4:30 pm depending on length of the line and/or weather conditions.
The testing site is staffed and performs testing Monday-Friday 8am-4:30, Sat/Sun/Holidays 8am-1pm. Due to high volume, long waits are expected and the line will be closed early to match the wait time so that all in line can be tested before closing.
Can I be tested if I live outside Massachusetts?
Yes, non-Massachusetts residents can be tested through the Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center, but they must first call 978-946-8409
to pre-register. Out-of-state residents are not eligible to be tested as part of Massachusetts’ free Stop the Spread testing initiative. Out-of-state residents who pre-register will need to have a doctor’s order faxed to the Call Center at 978-946-8488
and will need to provide their insurance information to the Registrar. They can also call 978-946-8409
. Once pre-registration is complete they may arrive anytime at the drive-through testing site. They will need to bring a photo ID and their insurance card.
We suggest calling one’s insurance company for information on rates for symptomatic vs asymptomatic COVID-19 testing as these can vary depending on a person’s health insurance coverage/plan.
What do I need to bring for a minor (under 18) for testing?
Parents/legal guardians may bring minors for COVID-19 testing, but the parent/legal guardian must bring a photo ID. If a child/minor is brought for testing by someone who is not their legal guardian, they must supply a letter signed by the parent/legal guardian authorizing them to bring the child/minor.
Download and print a sample letter that can be filled out here.
Do I need an appointment?
No appointment or pre-registration is needed for residents of Massachusetts under the “Stop the Spread” testing provided by the state of Massachusetts. Testing also comes at no cost for asymptomatic individuals. Pre-registration and an appointment is required for those coming from out-of-state and for pre-surgical/pre-procedure testing.
What should I bring to the test?
Please bring a valid form of photo ID if you have one. Children under 18 who are being tested must be brought by a parent or guardian with a photo ID. If you do not have some form of ID, please notify the testing center staff and a manager will assist you.
What type of test is it and does it hurt?
Lawrence General Hospital is currently using a nasal swab. It is not as deep as previous tests and is generally not painful. In fact, most people describe the swab as a tickle that makes their eyes water but does not hurt. It only lasts a couple of seconds in each nostril.
Do I drive in or walk in?
The testing site is primarily a drive-through site. If arriving with a vehicle, the driver and all passengers must remain in the car for the entirety of the visit. Lawrence residents only who arrive via public transportation or by walking will be tested without a vehicle by walking up to the check-in tent.
Do I need a physician order?
Currently, Massachusetts is offering free testing without a physician order
for asymptomatic Massachusetts residents. Individuals coming for testing from out of state or for pre-surgical/pre-procedure testing require a physician order.
Does the test cost anything?
Massachusetts is currently offering free testing for asymptomatic residents of Massachusetts
(no symptoms). Individuals with symptoms, or individuals that have been in close contact to someone with COVID-19, will have testing fully covered by their insurance company (without co-pays or deductibles). Asymptomatic individuals coming from out of state will have the test billed to their insurance company - check with your insurance provider regarding coverage for asymptomatic testing.
What if my immigration status or insurance coverage is of concern? Can I get tested?
Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center and mobile unit locations will test anyone regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. Bring your ID of any kind if you have one. If you do not have any form of ID, you will still be able to be tested. Our priority is to test everyone to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
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