Press Release : Free COVID-19 Testing

  • July 6, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              Contact: Susan Kooperstein

July 3, 2020                                                                              617-875-3619

FREE Covid-19 Testing outdoors at

Central Boston Elder Services in Nubian Square on July 8 from 10 am – 4 pm CBES partners with Whittier Street Health Center, City of Boston, to provide testing outside CBES at 2315 Washington St., Roxbury

Don’t miss this opportunity for FREE testing for COVID-19 as the Whittier Street Health Center Mobile Testing Van comes to the Catherine Hardaway Residences, elder supportive housing built and managed by Central Boston Elder Services. Testing is available in the CBES/Catherine Hardaway Residences parking lot at 2315 Washington St., Roxbury, on Wednesday, July 8 from 10 am to 4 pm. No insurance is required.

In an effort to provide stepped up testing and contact tracing that will contain the spread of the virus and keep our seniors and others in the community safe, The Whittier Street Health Center Mobile Testing Van is traveling to many community sites, including several BHA developments. faith institutions, community centers, and other locations designated by the Boston Public Health Commission.

To see the full Whittier Street Health Center schedule for FREE COVID-19 testing in Boston neighborhoods go to

“Central Boston Elder Services recognizes the critical need for testing in black and brown communities with limited access to health care. We are grateful to Whittier Street Health Center and the City of Boston for this opportunity for the elder residents of Catherine Hardaway Residences and the many others we serve to get tested and have the facts needed to maintain their health and combat this pandemic.” said CBES CEO Michael Vance.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with CBES and the City of Boston to make our mobile testing facility and staff available to those who can benefit from testing, health education and contact tracing services, especially the vulnerable elders in our community who must be protected from this virus,” said Frederica M. Williams, President & CEO, Whittier Street Health Center.

State Representative Chynah Tyler said the testing is all-important. “We need to keep our older residents safe and I am thrilled to see CBES and Whittier Street teaming up to provide testing and contact tracing,” she said. “With CBES mobilizing the large numbers of elders they serve and Whittier Street providing the testing capability via their mobile van and outstanding staff members, it’s a win-win for everyone. This partnership should be a statewide model.”

Emily Shea, Commissioner, Age Strong Commission, City of Boston, also praised the efforts of CBES and Whittier Street, saying, “The City of Boston is working hard to contain the Coronavirus through testing and contact tracing, and it is our partner agencies in the community who are able to make this happen. We applaud this partnership between CBES and Whittier Street Health Center, which will make testing available to the many older residents served by CBES.”

About CBES:

Central Boston Elder Services was founded in 1974. The organization provides high quality, responsive, supportive services and programs to the elderly and the disabled in need of health and human services, so that they can remain self-sufficient and in their homes and communities. CBES programs are available to residents living in the Boston neighborhoods of Allston, Brighton, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill, North Dorchester, North Jamaica Plain, South End and Roxbury.

 About Whittier Street Health Center:

Whittier Street Health Center is an urban health and wellness center accredited by the Joint Commission and recognized by the NCQA as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. Our mission is to provide reliable and accessible primary health care and social services for diverse populations, to promote wellness and to eliminate health and social disparities. Our vision is to serve as the premier urban health center for diverse populations.


A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).