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New Care New England Covid-19 Testing Site to Triple Testing available to Pawtucket and Central Falls Residents

Pawtucket – Care New England’s President and CEO Dr. James Fanale, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien, and Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa have announced a multilingual Coronavirus testing site that has more than tripled the capacity of existing test sites in the Blackstone Valley, in addition to the respiratory clinic already provided on the site by Care New England. Set to open on Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the former Memorial Hospital property, this site is part of CFP Beat Covid-19, a broad community collaboration aimed at stopping the spread of Coronavirus in these two communities.

“The importance of testing in order to lessen the effects of COVID-19 on a community has become increasingly evident. Care New England is happy to be able to provide this additional testing location, ready to quickly test patients for COVID-19 so that proper recommendations about things like care and quarantine can be made. We are proud to partner with CFP Beat COVID-19 as they work to ensure that community members are aware of safety recommendations, care offerings and testing capabilities,” Dr. James Fanale, President and CEO, Care New England.

“Pawtucket and Central Falls have joined forces with Care New England to combat Covid-19.,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “Our communities have been deeply affected. This testing facility will allow us to quickly identify everyone sick in our cities so we can get them into isolation and help them get the support services they need in isolation. We appreciate our partnership with Care New England during these challenging times.”

“Now more than ever, we need to get the residents of Pawtucket and Central Falls tested in order to get them into isolation and minimize the spread of the coronavirus,” said Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa. “In these unprecedented times, we need to focus on reaching out to every single household. With the Beat Covid-19 team in place and the new CNE testing site for both cities, we are better positioned to provide a new resource to our residents. We thank Care New England for their commitment.”

Services at the new site will be provided in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Creole and other languages as needed.

Yesterday, the two Cities announced the creation of CFP Beat Covid-19, a broad community coalition and Incident Command System, to combat Covid-19.  CFP Beat Covid-19 is spearheaded by Dr. Michael Fine, former RIDOH Director who serves as Health Liaison for the City of Pawtucket and Chief Health Strategist for the Central Falls Office on Health. CFP Beat Covid-19 has committed itself to reach out to every single household in the two cities, so that every resident in the cities knows what to do and who to call the moment they get sick.

The launching of the site to provide accessible testing to the Blackstone Valley was a collaborative effort between Care New England, Pawtucket and Central Falls, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Rhode Island National Guard.

The coronavirus testing site will be staffed by CNE medical professionals Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Symptomatic patients should call their primary care provider or call 401-CareNOW (401-227-3669) to make an appointment.


April 22, 2020
Contact: Wil Arboleda
401-728-0500 Ext. 358

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