State acknowledges local testing ‘gap in the map’’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The state of Maine expanded access to COVID-19 testing in June, setting up free testing without a doctor’s order through a “swab and send” program that established easy testing within 30 minutes of most Mainers. Today, Machias area residents must drive 60 miles for asymptomatic testing, to either Calais or Ellsworth, a distance some locals say they cannot manage.

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