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Free COVID-19 Testing (Worcester)

Stop the Spread


New Information As of 02-24-23

Because there is less demand for COVID-19 testing, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is closing all Stop the Spread testing sites. This testing site will close on March 31, 2023. To find other locations near you that offer testing, visit Find a COVID-19 Test.

We are no longer offering COVID-19 or flu vaccines at our Stop the Spread location. Visit to find:


Through March 30, 2023:

Free testing events for ages 6 months and older:
No appointment required.

Location:  100 Front Street, Worcester (Next to CVS)​​


March Overview

  • Mondays (3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27), 11 am - 4 pm
  • Thursdays (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30), 10 am - 3 pm
  • Printable Flyers:  English  |  Spanish


Week of March 20

  • Thursday, March 23: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Printable Flyers:  English  |  Spanish


Week of March 27

  • Monday, March 27: 11 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday, March 30: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Printable Flyers:  English  |  Spanish


FAQs About the Free COVID-19 Testing Event

What type of tests are being performed?

All patients will receive a shallow nasal swab test, which will be performed by a clinician. The swab test is less invasive, reaching only into the lower nostril. Finally, although vaccine manufacturers normally wait until a vaccine is approved before they begin mass production, instead the manufacturers began to make the vaccines months beforehand so that there were supplies available as soon as vaccines were approved.

When can I expect to receive results?

Depending on the volume of tests performed, you should receive your test results within three days. If your test is positive, you will be contacted by a clinician with further information and instructions on what to do. If your test is negative, a representative also will call you with your results.

Is the testing free?­

Yes, this is a free testing event. You will not be charged.

Is this a “rapid” test?

No, this is not a rapid test. As noted above, it will take three days to receive your results. This timing is dependent on the volume of tests performed.

Are my test results confidential?

Yes, your results are completely confidential. We will share our testing data with the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA, which is supplying the test kits and completing the results on behalf of the state of Massachusetts’ “Stop the Spread” initiative. Through the state’s Maven system, the Worcester Department of Public Health will have access to these results for the purpose of contract tracing.

Do I need an appointment to be tested?

You do not need an appointment to receive a test. These are walk-up testing events. No preregistration or appointments are needed.