BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday unveiled a plan to tackle the city’s rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases by urging more people to get tested.
The “Get The Test Boston” pledge is designed to encourage residents to get a COVID-19 test, and enlists the help of several city businesses, including the Boston Red Sox, Bruins and Cetics, Rapid7, and Wayfair, which have committed to ensuring their employees know how and when to get tested.
At the same time cases are rising, the daily testing numbers are declining, he said.
“I’m asking everyone to commit to getting tested for COVID-19. Getting tested is how you keep yourself and your family safe,” Walsh said at a news conference. “And it’s also how we track the presence of the virus in our community.”
Today we are launching the Boston Testing Pledge. It’s a commitment that employers and individuals can make, to get tested and support testing access. We are taking the Testing Pledge in the @CityofBoston and our related agencies. #GetTheTestBoston pic.twitter.com/FgEwX9dV1P
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) October 29, 2020
As of last Sunday, the city’s positivity rate was 7.8%, up from 6.2% the previous week, according to the mayor’s office.
City workers will be eligible for one paid hour every 14 days to get tested during their normal work hours, Walsh said. He encouraged private companies to adopt similar policies and noted the city has two free mobile testing sites.
“We know how important it is to share crucial public health information, and we’re proud to sign onto the city of Boston’s testing pledge,” Corey Thomas, CEO of cybersecurity company Rapid7, said in the statement. “We are committed to sharing the COVID-19 testing resources with our employees, and will continue to do our part to make sure we keep our city, employees and communities safe.”
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