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  • Covid-19 Testing
    Posted On: May 24, 2020

     Link to first responder testing is here :  First Responder Testing

    The Password for registration is :  friboston

    Test Site Location:  West Roxbury Education Complex 

                                   1205 VFW Parkway West Roxbury, MA 02132

    Please read the below information before registering.  

    The City of Boston and Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) are partnering with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to conduct a study to evaluate exposure to COVID-19 Disease among first responders.  All eligible members of the Boston Police Department, the Boston Fire Department, and Boston EMS are invited to participate.  The goal of this study is to obtain more accurate information about the prevalence of COVID-19 infection in Boston, particularly in light of the limited percentage of the populace that has been tested.

    If you meet the eligibility criteria and choose to participate in the study, you will be tested both for the COVID-19 virus via a swab of the nose and for COVID-19 antibodies via blood drawn through a finger prick.  The COVID-19 virus test determines if you have the infection.  Antibody testing detects whether your blood has antibodies that are present when the body has responded to an infection, like COVID-19.

    To register for testing please click HERE (you must complete a survey AND book an appointment to get tested). 

    ·      If you do not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (for example fever, cough, and shortness of breath) and you are a first responder at the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department or Boston Emergency Management Services (EMS) with active duty in the last three months, you may be eligible to get tested.  

    ·      You will also be required to complete an enrollment form and consent to participate in the study and to the release of the results to your Occupational Health Department or Department’s Infection Control Team (“DICO”).  These are conditions of getting tested as part of the study.

    ·      Testing will be at West Roxbury Education Complex 1205 VFW Pkwy 02132 by appointment only between 8am and 6pm, Tuesday, May 26th and Saturday, May 30th.

    ·      At the end of the enrollment form you will be instructed to book your 5-minute drive through testing appointment.

    Please know that participation is completely voluntary and that deciding not to participate (if eligible) will not affect your professional standing or evaluations

    Below is a bit more information about testing associated with the study:

    Scheduling is on a first come, first serve basis, and you should enroll and schedule your appointment as soon as possible if you are interested in being tested as part of the study. You must select a time that does not conflict with your scheduled work hours. If that is not possible, you must obtain prior approval from your department to get tested during regular work hours.  In no event, will employees be paid overtime for testing associated with the study.  You will not be compensated for participating in the study.

    The Department DICO will receive your test results if you chose to participate.  DICOs will conduct work-related contact tracing if you test positive for the COVID-19 virus.  Moreover, if you test positive for the COVID-19 virus the local board of public health where you reside will conduct contact tracing in accordance with existing protocols.  The City will obtain summary data regarding the numbers/percentage of those who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and COVID-19 antibodies both within in each department and in the total group tested.

    If you choose to participate in the study, you must continue to report for work as scheduled.  You will be notified by your Department DICO if you test positive for the COVID-19 virus and required to stay home until cleared to return to work in accordance with the City/BPHC’s return to work guidelines.  Employees who test negative for the COVID-19 virus must continue to report to work regardless of the results of their antibody test.

    Thank you in advance for considering participating in this study and helping the City continue to learn more about this virus in our efforts to end the spread. 

    City of Boston First Responders Testing Study

    If you choose to participate, you will be tested without any charge to you for both the COVID-19 virus and COVID-19 antibodies.  You will get the results from your Department DICO.

    ·      Testing for the COVID-19 virus is done by means of a swab of the nose and determines if you   are infected with the COVID-19 virus.  

    o   If you test positive for the COVID-19 virus, MGH will inform your DICO, your Department DICO will be notify you of the result, and you will be required to stay home consistent with the City’s/BPHC’s Temporarily Modified Attendance Policies and return to work guidelines.  In that event, you may also be eligible for supplemental paid sick leave provided that you comply with the applicable leave request procedure and have not previously exhausted your leave entitlement.

    ·      Antibody testing is done by means of blood drawn through a finger prick and detects whether your blood has antibodies that are present when the body is responding to COVID-19. The test result may tell us if you were previously infected even if you had no symptoms.

    o   The antibody tests are not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are being used in this study as research tests. 

    o   We currently cannot confirm whether a positive antibody test indicates protection from being re-infected in the future.   Therefore, all participants who test positive for antibodies must continue to comply with established universal precautions and departmental PPE protocols at work to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

    If you have questions about the testing please contact BFDInfectioncontrol@boston.gov

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