New Ambulatory COVID-19 Testing Site Opens at Bowdoin Street Health Center


APRIL 22, 2020

May 20, 2020 – Editor’s Note: Bowdoin Street Health Center is now testing asymptomatic patients who have been in close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19.

Dorchester, MA – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, expanded its ambulatory COVID-19 testing locations today with the addition of a site at Bowdoin Street Health Center. This site welcomes all patients, including those who are uninsured. Appointments are preferred but not required.

"As always, we are committed to serving our communities in and around Boston — and this includes providing access to COVID-19 testing," said Kamau Karanja, MD, Medical Director of Bowdoin Street Health Center. "We are happy to offer this important service to our Bowdoin/Geneva community."

The site, located at 230 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester, offers testing six days a week in multiple languages, including Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish and Portuguese. Patients arriving by car who have an appointment may stay in their car for the duration of their test. Walk-up visits are also available.

Patients should seek testing if they are experiencing symptoms, regardless of insurance or immigration status.

Testing Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Patients should call Bowdoin Street Health Center at 617-754-0100 to make an appointment.

BIDMC urges everyone to follow public health recommendations for social distancing in order to limit the spread of the virus and ease mounting pressure on the health care system.

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Massachusetts, visit the Massachusetts Department of Health website. Additional information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding.

BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Jackson Laboratory. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit

BIDMC is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.