Greater Boston construction workers will have more access to COVID-19 testing under a new regional testing partnership that a group of elected officials, health experts and construction industry leaders announced Monday.

The Construction Stops COVID initiative will stand up testing hubs in areas with significant amounts of construction activity, aimed at ensuring workers can get screened for the highly infectious virus and keep themselves and their families safe, and launch a public awareness campaign around the region. Harbor Health Services will provide tests and follow-up services, while Partners in Health will launch the public health awareness efforts.

“Like all essential workers who play a key role in our economy, construction workers are at high risk for being infected with COVID-19,” Partners in Health Chief Medical Officer Joia Mukherjee said in a statement. “Unions are critical in the fight for health equity, and we applaud the Building Trades for developing this innovative program to keep construction workers safe in this pandemic.”

The effort is a partnership between the Greater Boston Building Trades Union, Partners in Health, Harbor Health Services, and the cities of Boston and Cambridge. Officials discussed the coalition in greater detail during a virtual kickoff event Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Construction Workers Get Greater Access to COVID Tests

by State House News Service time to read: 1 min