Due to high demand, the city of Melrose is offering a second day of free coronavirus testing after a high school student tested positive, Mayor Paul Brodeur has announced.
Residents will be able to get a test between 1 and 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Melrose High School and Middle School complex. No appointments are necessary, and residents are being asked to arrive by car and wear a face covering.
Brodeur said that the city’s health department has begun contract tracing to find those who were in contact with the student. He is urging residents to get tested.
“If your child has been identified as a close contact you will be contacted within 24 hours by the health department,” he said in a video statement. “Given the personal nature of this type of information please be respectful and refrain from sharing rumors.”
Overall, Melrose has reported more than 250 coronavirus infections, out of more than 106,000 thousand statewide. Melrose, located in Middlesex County, has a population of nearly than 28,200 people.
Brodeur says an update will be provided on the cases Saturday evening.
"As always, please continue to practice physical distancing, wearing masks in public, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home when you are not feeling well," Brodeur said. "These simple measures are our most effective tools in stopping the spread of the virus. "