Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center
Stop the Spread: Asymptomatic Testing Available for All Residents of Massachusetts
Monday - Friday:
Normal Hours of Operation:
8 am - 4:30 pm
8 am - 4:30 pm
Closed for Stop the Spread (general public testing)
All residents of Massachusetts have access to COVID-19 testing as part of Governor Baker’s Stop the Spread Testing Initiative. If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, testing for asymptomatic individuals comes at no cost, health insurance is not needed, and there is no age requirement. If you DO have symptoms of COVID-19, testing comes at no cost to you, but billing will go through your insurance. If you are not insured, billing will not be an issue for you. There is no age requirement for testing.
City of Lawrence COVID-19 Information Page
Frequently Asked Questions
When and how can I get my COVID-19 test results?
Adults (18 and older)
If your test results are POSITIVE, you will receive a call within 24-48 hours. If your test results are NEGATIVE you will NOT receive a phone call. If you have not received a call within 48 hours that means you have tested NEGATIVE. You may also obtain your results using the method below:
View Results Online, via the Patient Portal
- For adult patients: Provide your e-mail address during registration to receive a Patient Portal invitation. Follow the instructions or visit patientportal.lawrencegeneral.org to sign up. You will receive test results in the portal within 1–2 days.
- Access the Patient Portal on computer to download or print a copy of test results.
- If you are having difficulty logging into the portal, please call the COVID Call Center at 978-946-8409 from 8:30 am – 5 pm, 7 days/week.
Minors (0-17 years old):
If your child’s test results are POSITIVE, you will receive a call within 24-48 hours. If your child’s test results are NEGATIVE you will receive a phone call in 3-5 days. If you have not received a call within 48 hours you can assume your child has tested NEGATIVE. If you need confirmation of a negative test you may also obtain your results using one of the methods below:
Children 13-17 Years of Age:
Due to patient privacy laws, children ages 13 – 17 years and their parents may NOT have portal access. To request a secure copy of the test results to be emailed to you, call 978-922-0016
and Press 3.
Children UNDER 13 Years of Age:
View Results Online, via the Patient Portal:
- If you are unable to print results from the portal, or need printed results for a child 13–17 years old, call the medical records office at 978-922-0016. Press 3 to request a secure copy of the test results to be emailed, mailed to your home, or faxed to your employer/school. You may call to start the request as soon as you or your child is tested.
- Calling hours are Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm.
- Call the medical records office at 978-683-4000, ext. 2046 and press 3 to request to pick up a copy of the test results.
- Calling hours are Monday – Friday from 8 am – 2:30 pm.
For your safety and privacy, Lawrence General cannot provide your COVID-19 test results over the phone if you initiate the phone call. Call 978-946-8409
if you need help with any of the methods above. DO NOT CALL THE MEDIAL RECORDS OFFICE OR THE LABORATORY TO FIND OUT POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE RESULTS.
Who do I call if I have questions about testing or results?
The Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center can be reached at 978-946-8409
. The fax number is 978-946-8488. This is the only place you can get results so please do not call Lawrence General Hospital or the hospital’s laboratory.
Where is the Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center?
The 8-lane drive-through testing site is located in the MVRTA lot off Canal Street in Lawrence. For GPS directions, please use 70 General Street, Lawrence, MA
and follow directional signage upon arrival. The site is open Monday - Friday from 8 am – 4:30 pm and Saturdays from 9 am - 1 pm. Holiday hours are limited to those receiving testing prior to a procedure at Lawrence General.
Is there a wait? What are the testing center’s operating hours?
Drive-through (or walk-up for individuals without vehicles) is available to the public Monday – Friday, from 8 am – 4:30 pm. The testing line may be closed prior to 4:30 pm depending on length of the line and/or weather conditions.
*PLEASE NOTE* Due to high volumes and our limited waiting space in our location, the length of the line will be limited to the four hour wait location so as not to not interfere with hospital/ambulance traffic. The four hour wait point is the stoplight at the corner of Marston St. & Canal St. If the wait is to this point, no further cars will be allowed to wait in the line. This does not mean the line is closed, but that it has reached the maximum waiting capacity at that moment in time and no more cars can be allowed to wait on the public way. As the line moves forward, additional cars will be allowed to wait up to that four hour point.
If the line is to the four hour wait point at 1pm, we will have reached our maximum testing capacity for the day and no more cars will be allowed to enter the line after that point so that we can serve everyone who is waiting in the line.
The estimates below are subject to change as testing volume is expected to increase in the fall and winter months. For questions, please call 978-946-8409
- Monday: 4 hours
- Tuesday: 30 - 60 min (shorter wait times expected after 10 am)
- Wednesday: 30 - 60 min (shorter wait times expected after 10 am)
- Thursday: 30 - 60 min (shorter wait times expected after 10 am)
- Friday: 30 - 60 min (shorter wait times expected after 10 am)
Can I be tested if I live outside Massachusetts?
Yes, non-Massachusetts residents can be tested through the Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center, but they must first call 978-946-8409
to pre-register. Out-of-state residents are not eligible to be tested as part of Massachusetts’ free Stop the Spread testing initiative. Out-of-state residents who pre-register will need to have a doctor’s order faxed to the Call Center at 978-946-8488
and will need to provide their insurance information to the Registrar. They can also call 978-946-8409
. Once pre-registration is complete they may arrive anytime at the drive-through testing site. They will need to bring a photo ID and their insurance card.
We suggest calling one’s insurance company for information on rates for symptomatic vs asymptomatic COVID-19 testing as these can vary depending on a person’s health insurance coverage/plan.
What do I need to bring for a minor (under 18) for testing?
Parents/legal guardians may bring minors for COVID-19 testing, but the parent/legal guardian must bring a photo ID. If a child/minor is brought for testing by someone who is not their legal guardian, they must supply a letter signed by the parent/legal guardian authorizing them to bring the child/minor.
Download and print a sample letter that can be filled out here.
Do I need an appointment?
No appointment or pre-registration is needed for residents of Massachusetts under the “Stop the Spread” testing provided by the state of Massachusetts. Testing also comes at no cost for asymptomatic individuals. Pre-registration and an appointment is required for those coming from out-of-state and for pre-surgical/pre-procedure testing.
What should I bring to the test?
Please bring a valid form of photo ID if you have one. Children under 18 who are being tested must be brought by a parent or guardian with a photo ID. If you do not have some form of ID, please notify the testing center staff and a manager will assist you.
What type of test is it and does it hurt?
Lawrence General Hospital is currently using a nasal swab. It is not as deep as previous tests and is generally not painful. In fact, most people describe the swab as a tickle that makes their eyes water but does not hurt. It only lasts a couple of seconds in each nostril.
Do I drive in or walk in?
The Testing site is primarily a drive-through site. If arriving with a vehicle, the driver and all passengers remain in the car for the entirety of the visit. You will roll down your window and a staff member will verify your identity from your photo ID and will ask you some questions to complete your registration. Again, if you do not have any form of photo ID, please let us know at registration so we can assist. Drive forward to the testing area to be swabbed from the comfort of your own vehicle.
Alternatively, those without cars who arrive via public transportation or walking may walk up to our check-in tent and we will guide you to a testing area.
We ask that all those who drive to the site in a personal vehicle remain in their vehicle throughout the testing process.
Do I need a physician order?
Currently, Massachusetts is offering free testing without a physician order
for asymptomatic Massachusetts residents. Individuals coming for testing from out of state or for pre-surgical/pre-procedure testing require a physician order.
Does the test cost anything?
Massachusetts is offering free testing from July 10 – October 31 for asymptomatic residents of Massachusetts
(no symptoms). Individuals with symptoms, or individuals that have been in close contact to someone with COVID-19, will have testing fully covered by their insurance company (without co-pays or deductibles). Asymptomatic individuals coming from out of state will have the test billed to their insurance company - check with your insurance provider regarding coverage for asymptomatic testing.
What if my immigration status or insurance coverage is of concern? Can I get tested?
Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center and mobile unit locations will test anyone regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. Bring your ID of any kind if you have one. If you do not have any form of ID, you will still be able to be tested. Our priority is to test everyone to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Lawrence COVID-19 Community Partner Mobile Testing Dates
January 18 - 22 (Lawrence Community Works)
Methuen Family Health Center