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BOSTON — 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 under lockdown after a third inmate died Saturday of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, 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.
As of Saturday, Massachusetts has confirmed nearly 12,000 cases of the virus and more than 200 deaths since the pandemic started.