Public Health Affects Us All
The mission of the Holyoke Health Department is to enhance public health and safeguard the environment by assessing community needs and to provide prevention, protection, and educational resources to ensure the highest quality of life within the City of Holyoke.
The goal of this department is to improve the quality of life by encouraging healthy behaviors, promote wellness, educate, monitor, and to protect healthy environments in homes, schools, and workplaces.
Stop The Spread Testing in Holyoke
Walk-up COVID testing opened in Holyoke at 323 Appleton St. Testing hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Testing will run until 9/30/20. There is no appointment necessary to be tested.
Drive-up COVID testing opened at Holyoke Community College. Testing will run until 9/30/20.
- The site will operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7am - 11am. Tuesday and Thursday 2pm -7pm. Testing will be open and available regular hours on Labor Day.
- Turnaround time for results is typically 4 days or fewer.
- This test site is first come, first serve. There are no appointments. Please do not call the Health Department or Holyoke Community College to make an appointment.
- The test site at Holyoke Community College is a drive-through only test site. Please do not get out of your vehicle. Signage and Campus Police will be readily apparent to help you access the site easily.
- To help speed up the process, please have your information ready. They will ask for your full name, address (you must be a Massachusetts resident), phone number and email address.
- There is no cost for the testing. You do not need a referral, nor do you need to be symptomatic.
- The test style will be the less invasive swab in the lower nostril. The older style that required further insertion of the swab will not be used.
- If you have previously tested positive, DPH and CDC guidelines do not recommend getting retested at this time.
- If you are acutely symptomatic, particularly if you have a high fever, consider scheduling a test with your Primary Care Physician.
- Information on all of the Stop the Spread test sites across the State can be found at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread
Under State Statute, the Board of Health is responsible for permitting and inspecting businesses that provide services to the public that include:
Food Establishments Permitting and Inspections, and other Food Handling Issues such as:
- Bottled Water
- Food Complaints
- Frozen Dessert
- Mobile Food
- Retail Food
- Temporary Food
- Tanning Establishments
- Vacant Property
- Burial Permits
- Recreational Camps
- Manicuring Establishments
- Public Swimming Pools
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Body Art Technicians & Establishments
- Witnessing Title V Inspections
- Plan Reviews for Septic Systems, Subdivisions, and Well Construction
- Investigation of Foodborne & Waterborne Illness
- Housing Inspections for Compliance