City faces COVID testing conundrum

On Saturday, Boston residents waiting for COVID testing lined up in the rain in a line that stretched more than 200 yards from the community room at the Mildred Hailey Apartments, past the Jackson Square Orange Line station and up Centre Street.

The line, in which people waited more than three hours for a swab, was a scene that played out around the city and across the state as Massachusetts residents seeking the green light to return to work strained a testing system that was evidently inadequate.

“This is unacceptable,” Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday of the long lines for COVID tests. “There’s no reason why in this city people should be waiting for hours in the cold to do something that is necessary for their family’s health and safety.”

With more than 25,000 active cases across the city to start the week, Boston is continuing to see record-high single-day

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