Brookline officials announced today that the town will select 400 random residents to test for antibodies to Covid-19, to help gauge just how far the virus has spread through the town.
Working with both Massachusetts General Hospital and Fallon Ambulance service, the town will also test 200 first responders and other "essential" workers, Town Administrator Mel Kleckner and Director of Public Health Dr. Swannie Jett said.
Residents picked for the testing, which involves taking a small amount of blood through a finger prick, will be notified by mail. The testing is meant for residents who have not developed any Covid-19 symptoms
First responders and related workers will be tested on May 11; other residents picked at random will be tested on May 15 at Larz Anderson Park.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said today that Mass. General's testing of 1,000 Boston residents - who also got tested for active infection via a nose swab - should be completed this week, with results released next week.