May 12, 2020
Healthcare professionals from Brigham and Women’s Hospital will open a COVID-19 testing site today at the Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester. The facility will be open for testing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will continue testing daily through Friday, May 15.
In addition to testing for the virus, workers will screen for food insecurity. Those who are eligible will receive boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables and the potential to receive eight free weeks of food delivery.
Testing will be provided on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis. Participants are not required to be Brigham and Women patients or have health insurance. No one will be asked about immigration status.
Data collected at Brigham Health’s testing sites in Hyde Park, Mission Hill and Roxbury has detected worsening food security for residents— up about 10 percent. At the Tobin Community Center in Roxbury, 50 percent of residents who visited the site between May 4 and 9 were screened as food insecure.
Sportsman Tennis and Enrichment Center is located at 950 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester, 02124.