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New Haven Launches Neighborhood Test Centers

Matt Rourke

According to city data released this week, most people hospitalized for coronavirus in New Haven, Connecticut, are black or Hispanic. Two health centers in the Dixwell and Fair Haven neighborhoods opened walk-up test sites Wednesday to better serve diverse residents. 

The two main test centers in New Haven are drive-up only.

Now, Dr. Douglas Bruce, chief of medicine at Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, says it will be easier to serve people who would have to ride a bike, the bus or walk. The new test site there will serve the Dixwell neighborhood, which is 65% black. 

“The real impetus to open this testing site was that there are more testing swabs that are available to conduct testing and there was a recognition that people without vehicles needed access to testing.”

Bruce says patients in Dixwell with any symptoms should call 203-503-3000 to schedule a test appointment. He also asks the community to consider donating personal protective equipment to neighborhood health centers.

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Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.
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