Baker, Polito tour drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Foxboro


FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots opened a drive-through testing site Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

The parking lot site will be designated specifically for police officers, firefighters and other first responders and will be able to test up to 200 people a day for free.

Gov. Charlie Baker, after touring the site Sunday, said similar testing sites will be established in other parts of the state.

He said a field hospital is also being set up on the military base on Cape Cod to complement ones at an arena in Worcester and the convention center in Boston.

Meanwhile, all state prisons have been placed lockdown after a third inmate died Saturday of COVID-19 at the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater.

And boardwalk businesses in the seaside town of Salisbury have been ordered closed by the local health officials because police say customers and sightseers weren’t following social distancing guidelines this weekend.

On Saturday, the Massachusetts Department of Health announced 24 new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total in the state up to 216.

Health officials said there are 1,334 new cases for a total of 11,736. So far, 68,800 people in Massachusetts have been tested for the virus.

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