The Boston Public Health Commission encourages taking precautions before Thanksgiving

Testing before collection, and getting COVID-19 and flu vaccines can reduce transmission.
The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today advised residents to remain vigilant to protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses such as influenza and RSV when celebrating Thanksgiving, as gathering indoors and travel increase the potential for transmission.

COVID-19 virus levels in domestic wastewater have now reached 404 copies of RNA per ml, which is an increase of 3.3% over the past seven days and an increase of 17.5% over the past 14 days. (Data as of November 18).

In addition, total new 7-day COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 44.1% over the past 7 days and stabilized, increasing by 21.6% over the past 2 weeks. (Data as of November 17). Boston hospitals are struggling to cope with an influx of influenza patients and pediatric patients with RSV, and an increase in COVID-19 cases could put more stress on our health care system, which is why the BPHC urges residents to take appropriate precautions.

“As more people travel and spend time with family, we can reduce the risk of transmission of respiratory diseases, such as COVID-19, influenza, and RSV,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikoto, Public Health Commissioner and Executive Director of Boston Public. Health Authority. “Staying up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 vaccinations, getting a flu shot, wearing a well-fitted mask while traveling and getting tested for COVID-19 before gathering are important ways to protect yourself, your family and friends this holiday season.”

BPHC encourages residents to get tested for COVID-19 before gathering, stay home if you are sick or test positive for COVID-19, wear masks indoors and while traveling for additional protection, keep windows open to promote proper air purification, and spend plenty of time Possible outdoors. Proper hygiene practices such as washing hands often, regularly disinfecting shared surfaces, and covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing are also effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19, RSV, and influenza. If you plan to take a PCR test, be sure to do so by Tuesday, November 22, to ensure that you can get your results in time.

COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and tests as well as flu shots are widely available throughout Boston. BPHC offers free COVID-19 and flu services at multiple locations in the city. The following locations will also have rapid antigen tests available for distribution this week, while supplies last.

The sites off hours for the next week are as follows:

Bruce C. Bowling Municipal Building (2302 Washington Street, Roxbury)

  • Tuesday, November 22nd, 12 – 8pm, PCR Test, COVID-19 Vaccines & Boosters, Flu Vaccines

  • Wednesday, November 23, COVID-19 Vaccines & Boosters, Flu Vaccines, and Rapid Distribution for Antigen Testing Only

  • Saturday, November 26, 12 – 8pm, COVID-19 Vaccines & Boosters, Flu Vaccines, Antigen Test Rapid Distribution Only

BCYF Hyde Park (1179 River Street, Hyde Park)

  • Tuesday, November 22nd, 12-8pm, for testing only

Josephine Fiorentino Community Center (123 Antwerp Street, Alston)

  • Sunday, November 20, from 12 to 4 p.m., for testing only

  • Monday, November 21st, 9am-3pm, for testing only

  • Tuesday, November 22nd, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for testing only

  • Wednesday, November 23, 9am-1pm, for testing only

Lena Park Community Development Corporation (150 American Legion Hwy, Dorchester)

  • Monday, November 21st, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m

  • Wed 23rd November 12 – 7 PM Immunization & Rapid Distribution for antigen testing only

If you or someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19 or the flu, ask your doctor about getting treatment. COVID-19 and influenza treatments are available for adults and children and can save lives.

For more information about where to find a COVID-19 vaccine or testing clinic near you, visit

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