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Dorchester Coronavirus Testing Site Offers Boxes Of Food For Residents In Need

BOSTON (CBS) – Starting Tuesday, coronavirus testing will be available to anyone with suspected symptoms at Brigham and Women's new walk-in site on Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester.

Symptoms include fever, sore throat, shortness of breath and loss of smell.

Testing is on a first come, first serve basis. You do not need to be a Brigham patient, you will not be asked about your immigration status and you do not need to have health insurance.

"It allows people to know and be able to make smart choices about how they quarantine, how they protect their family, how they protect their friends," said Kelly Fanning of Brigham and Women's.

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Protective gear for coronavirus testing in Dorchester. (WBZ-TV)

In addition to coronavirus testing, Brigham and Women's will be screening for food insecurity.

"We know that food insecurity has always existed. Certainly this pandemic has magnified things for people and really exacerbated the need," said Tracy Mangini Sylven of Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital.

Those who are eligible will receive boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables and the potential to receive eight free weeks of food delivery.

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A box of healthy food for people in need at a Brigham and Women's coronavirus testing location in Dorchester. (WBZ-TV)

They will also be handing out care kits that include masks and educational resources.

Testing will take place through Friday and the boxes of food and care kits will be handed out through Saturday.

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