COVID-19 Testing Available to the North Andover Community on Friday, March 27th at AFC Urgent Care in North Andover ~ Must Be Screened in Advance

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TESTING AVAILABLE TO THE NORTH ANDOVER COMMUNITY ON FRIDAY, MARCH 27th AT AFC URGENT CARE, 129 TURNPIKE STREET IN NORTH ANDOVER.  AVAILABLE FOR ALL HEALTH INSURANCES TO INCLUDE MASSHEALTH AND MEDICARE.  MUST BE SCREENED IN ADVANCE AND RECEIVE DOCTOR’S NOTE FROM AFC URGENT CARE.  CALL FOR DETAILS OR SCREENING AT 781.430.8161.

On Friday, March 27, 2020 AFC Urgent Care in North Andover, MA (located at 129 Turnpike Street in North Andover) will hold a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic from 9am to 5pm for members and residents of North Andover and the surrounding communities who qualify for the novel coronavirus testing.

In order to qualify for testing, patients will need to be pre-screened by an AFC provider on Wednesday, March 25th and Thursday, March 26th via a telemedicine urgent care visit.  Upon completion of the telehealth screening and determination of qualification for testing, AFC Urgent Care will send a personalized doctor’s order to that specific patient in order to be tested on Friday, March 27th.  PLEASE NOTE:  If a prospective patient does not bring an AFC doctor’s note to the drive through testing clinic, that patient will not be eligible for testing on Friday, March 27th.

If interested in a screening and to be eligible for an AFC Urgent Care doctors note in order to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, March 27th in North Andover, please call AFC Urgent Care between 8am and 8pm on Wednesday, March 25th or Thursday, March 26th at 781.430.8161.

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Baker-Polito Administration Temporarily Prohibits Utility Shutoffs to Protect Massachusetts Ratepayers

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced further action to support ratepayers during the COVID-19 outbreak, directing the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to issue an Order prohibiting investor-owned utility companies from shutting off gas, electric, and water utility service to any customers for failure to pay a bill or a portion of a bill until the State of Emergency is lifted or the DPU determines otherwise.

 

The announcement builds upon the DPU’s March 13 moratorium requesting utility companies refrain from shutting off gas and electric service to residents across the Commonwealth. The new order will expand the moratorium to include any investor-owned utility customers, including industrial, commercial, and small business customers, during the State of Emergency.

 

“Protecting the health and safety of Massachusetts residents remains the Baker-Polito Administration’s highest priority, and this order will ensure the continued availability of gas, electric, and water service to all ratepayers during the state of emergency,”  said DPU Chairman Matthew Nelson. “Today’s action will also protect residents and businesses from added economic pressure during these difficult and uncertain times.”

 

The Order also prohibits investor-owned utility companies from sending communications that threaten to shut off gas, electric, or water service to any of their customers for failure to pay a bill or any portion of a bill the Companies issued to a customer. Any company that fails to comply with these orders may be assessed penalties of up to $1 million per violation.

 

Additionally, on March 13, the DPU formally requested that that residential competitive electricity suppliers and licensed electricity brokers cease door-to-door marketing activities to ensure that proper risk management protocols have been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, prioritizing the health and safety of both consumers and any agents conducting marketing efforts.

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