New Drive-Thru COVID Test Site Opens Nov 23
With seasons changing quickly, Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital is winterizing its process for COVID-19 testing. The hospital is opening a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site tomorrow - Monday, November 23. The new garage-like structure on the Pittsfield hospital campus will protect patients, staff, technology, and equipment from the elements. Patients will continue to remain inside their vehicles during swabbing in the new building.
The temporary building is located in the parking area behind one of the hospital’s administrative buildings at 167 Leighton Street. The site will be open Monday-Friday by appointment only.
Before, drive-up COVID-19 tests were offered car-side at the Northern Light Primary Care office located at 470 Somerset Avenue in Pittsfield. Now, all COVID-19 testing will occur at the drive-thru location on the hospital campus.
“We determined that the new location on the hospital campus is the best site for a long-term testing solution. It’s still centrally located for the Pittsfield area,” says Paul Arsenault, vice president of primary and specialty care for Sebasticook Valley Hospital. “Along with a new location, the drive-thru testing site will be a more weather friendly, cost efficient, semi-permanent structure that can be repurposed in the future.”
“The response for COVID-19 has been an intense focus for many months now, and we cannot thank our staff and leaders enough for their dedication. We are proud to continue to meet the needs of the community for crucial COVID-19 testing and care during this unprecedented time,” said Terri Vieira, MHA, FACHE, president of Sebasticook Valley Hospital and senior vice president, Northern Light Health.
To schedule a COVID-19 test, patients and community members can visit https://northernlighthealth.org/Resources/COVID-19/Testing or contact your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call the hospital at 487.5154 for assistance.
All tests at the drive-thru site must be scheduled ahead of arrival.
DIRECTIONS: Turn on Leighton Street, turn right at the 167 Leighton Street location, follow signs behind the building.