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Community Covid-19 Testing (PCR) at Bangs Community Center Details & Availability

We make every attempt to assure our supply of test kits are available for you, but due to high demand we sometimes run out, please see below the test kit status of each location.


Test Kit Availability by Location:


The Amherst Health Department is offering FREE asymptomatic, unobserved community testing for Covid-19. PCR testing kits are free. Adults and children ages 2 and older without symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible for testing. Individuals with any COVID-19 symptoms should not come to the Amherst Health Department, and should make an appointment with their physician for testing. This new service is in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

  • Pick up test kits:

    • Bangs Community Center side entrance, 70 Boltwood Walk. Hours: Monday thru Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00PM, or;

    • Jones Library in the front hallway. Hours: During regular Jones Library opening hours.

    • After picking up your kit, please administer your test outside of the building (home, car, etc.)

    • In an effort to make sure as many people in our community, please take only the amount of kits you need to perform your test and that of your family members. You may always come back for more as needed.

  • Drop off test kits:

    • All test kits should be returned to the secure drop box outside the main entrance of the Bangs Community Center.

    • Make sure to read all the instructions on the slip of paper in your kit.

    • First-time testers need to fill out the questionnaire on the back of the instructions or the test will be void!

    • Drop off is 24/7 and you can expect results within 24-48 hours. Collection is M-F at 9:00 AM.

      • If you deposit your kit on Friday or over the weekend, expect results by Monday evening or Tuesday.

      • If you test negative, expect an email.

      • If you test positive, expect a call with instructions.

Questions? Call Amherst Public Health at (413) 259-3077

Other Testing Resources

  • UMass Amherst Providing Free Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing to Local Community Members

  • Request your free at-home tests from the Federal program at www.covidtests.gov

  • A listing of other testing resources can also be found here

  • Insurance reimbursement information for at-home tests can be found here

  • Access the Massachusetts COVID-19 testing information here

  • Have you received a positive result from a test? Click here to find out what you should do next.