PROVIDENCE — The last remaining state-run COVID-19 test sites were scheduled to close at day’s end Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.

Where were the final sites operating?

Cranston Parkade, East Bay Healthcare Riverside, East Bay Healthcare Newport, Wickford Train Station, McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, the former St. Joseph Hospital and East Bay Healthcare Warren.

A sign along Division Street in Pawtucket directing drivers to COVID testing at McCoy Stadium.

Why are they being closed?

“The availability and effectiveness of COVID-19 treatment and vaccines have us in a different stage now,” Rhode Island Department of Health spokesman Joseph Wendelken wrote in an email. “Like states throughout the country, Rhode Island is shifting to management of COVID-19 as an endemic disease. This means transitioning state-supported testing and vaccination to traditional partners and settings. COVID-19 services, like testing and vaccination, are now widely available through multiple channels, similar to how services for other endemic diseases are available.”

By TerBaru