Important COVID-19 Testing Information

As of August 3, 2022

COVID-19 Testing Weather Statement

Because our COVID-19 testing facility is outdoors, we may have to close the tent unexpectedly and without notice due to changing weather (wind, rain, heat, etc.).

Upham’s Testing

COVID-19 testing now takes place by appointment only for patients and community members in the health center’s outdoor testing tent in the parking lot at 415 Columbia Road. Please call 617-287-8000 and follow the prompts for the COVID-19 clinic. 

Upon your arrival, staff will let you know where to wait. If you need assistance (for example, to pick up a prescription), please let a staff member know.  Results typically available in 3-5 days. We have a supply of rapid testing kits that we can provide to patients and community members on request when our normal testing program is unavailable.

Photo ID

Please be prepared to present photo ID or other method of identification. 

All patients and visitors must wear face coverings when coming to the health center for any reason. 


COVID-19 Testing Resources

Request free At-home Rapid Tests by mail

Each package includes 4 tests; limit one package per household at this time.

COVID Home Tests | USPS


Mailing times: Tests typically take 7-10 business days to arrive.

Boston Testing Sites: from the Boston Public Health Commission

Need immediate testing support? Check out Boston’s website for local and mobile testing sites:

COVID-19 testing sites |

Home Testing Instructions

Rapid Test Instructions



Haitian Creole

Home Testing Demonstration Videos

(Please note: this section is for more information purposes only; Upham’s does not supply or endorse these products.)

Quidel QuickVue Home Test:

Video link (English)

Instructions, English

Instructions, Spanish

iHealth Home Test:

Video link (English)

Abbot Binax NOW:

Video link (English)

Additional videos in multiple languages

QuickVue: http://QuickVue Test – YouTube

Binax: http://BINAX NOW – YouTube