New Bedford Regional Airport. Credit: Facebook

NEW BEDFORD — Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing at New Bedford Regional Airport — part of the state’s Stop the Spread program — is scheduled for its regular dates next week, Sunday through Thursday.

Appointments for free COVID-19 tests can be made at beacontesting.com. Airport officials ask that people reach the site via the airport’s side entrance on Downey Street. Contact Project Beacon by email at help@beacontesting.com; or by calling 617-741-7310. 

For walk-up testing, Seven Hills Behavioral Health offers free services at former Fire Station 11 in the South End on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and at PAACA on Coggeshall St. on Wednesday.

Due to the Presidents Day holiday, the Seven Hills’ testing services at former Fire Station 11 will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21.

For rapid tests, the federal government is offering free at-home test kits online, at COVIDtests.gov. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests. If you test positive with a rapid test, isolate for at least five days and notify close contacts. State guidance on isolation and quarantining can be found here.

If you test negative, re-testing a day or more later is advised, particularly if you have symptoms or a known exposure to the virus.

Testing sites in New Bedford and surrounding towns can be found on the state’s Stop the Spread website, www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test.

Upcoming testing locations in New Bedford include:

  • Sunday, Feb. 20: Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 21: Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 21: Regular clinic closed. Testing by Seven Hills at former Fire Station 11 is closed on Monday, Feb. 21 for the Presidents Day holiday.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 22: Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 22: Seven Hills at former Fire Station 11, 754 Brock Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 23: Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 23: Seven Hills at PAACA, 360 Coggeshall St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 24: Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 24: Seven Hills at former Fire Station 11, 754 Brock Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 25: Seven Hills at former Fire Station 11, 754 Brock Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 27: Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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