Rhode Island Reopens 2 COVID-19 Testing Sites

Like most state-run testing sites, appointments are required.

Steven Senne | AP

Rhode Island is reopening two state-run COVID-19 testing sites Monday in response to increased demand.

The testing sites at the Smithfield Veterans of Foreign Wars post and the Barrington Shopping Center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, the state Department of Health announced.

Like most state-run testing sites, appointments are required.

The state plans to expand its capacity to start offering more than 5,000 appointments per day, which would be in addition to testing being done at pharmacies and other private sites.

“Whether or not you’re fully vaccinated, get tested right away if you get symptoms of COVID-19, even if you think it’s just a cold or allergies,” the health department said.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has approved a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine for immunocompromised people.

As the delta variant spreads, the state’s daily positivity rate has climbed to 3.4% as of Friday, according to the department.

In addition, state residents who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are now eligible for third doses, available at the Sockanosset Crossroads vaccination site in Cranston and at hospital vaccination sites.

There are approximately 35,000 people in Rhode Island who are considered moderately to severely immunocompromised, the department said.

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