In an effort to better serve the Boston-area communities disproportionately affected by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s “Brigham Health” is continuing its work to expand access to those communities most in need of testing.
Beginning last month, Brigham Health started to offer a free Mobile COVID-19 testing site for Mission Hill and Roxbury residents who are experiencing symptoms of the virus.
The mobile testing site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at the Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St., Boston. Educational resources on food, housing and safety are also available at the Tobin Community Center site.
“More than ever, it is really critical to not only make sure people stay safe from the virus, but also to make sure they have enough food,” said Christin Price, clinical director at the Brigham Health.
Price said no appointments are needed for the free test but residents in Mission Hill and Roxbury must show COVID-19 symptoms like a fever, dry cough, or difficulty breathing.
The testing site is open to all regardless of immigration status, health insurance status and those looking for a test do not have to be Brigham Health patients.
Price said the test takes about 90 seconds and doctors are available to meet with patients on a range of needs. Care kits containing masks, hand sanitizer and other goods, are available at the site.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital set up its first mobile testing site in Hyde Park back in April. That site was soon followed by the Mission Hill/Roxbury site and a third mobile testing site in Dorchester.