FOXBOROUGH— A drive-thru coronavirus testing facility specifically for first responders is open at the home of the New England Patriots.
The Gillette Stadium site, which opened Sunday morning, has the capacity to test up to 200 police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders every day.
Gov. Charlie Baker said tests will be conducted in the parking lot outside the stadium for those who may have been exposed or are showing symptoms possibly related to COVID-19. There will be no charge for the testing.
“We’re grateful for the countless hours the Commonwealth’s front line workers and first responders, and all that they’re doing to put themselves into this fight against the virus,” Baker said Sunday. “This testing site and others that will be opening soon to ensure that they have the medical attention that they need if they believe they are infected with COVID-19.”
The testing facility at Gillette Stadium is a collaboration between the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the New England Patriots, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, Wellpath and Quest Diagnostics, according to Baker.
“I want to thank everybody who has been associated with this. This is literally a local, state, federal, public, private partnership that’s been involved in setting this up, including the health care workers that are running this site,” the governor said.
The drive-thru site will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tests will be done by appointment only.