New York Churches Open COVID-19 Testing Sites In Push To Reach Minority Communities
The first day of coronavirus testing at Bethany Baptist Church, a historic Black congregation in Brooklyn, New York, got off to a slow start. About 130 people showed up Wednesday for diagnostic tests at the temporary testing site, according to Rev. Adolphus C. Lacey.
But by the next day, a socially distanced line stretched down the block outside the church half an hour before the site opened, Lacey said. More than 400 people signed up for antibody testing on Thursday, he said.
“We are swamped,” Lacey, the church’s senior pastor, told HuffPost.
Lacey suspected that appointments would book up quickly until Sunday, when Bethany’s testing site is scheduled to close. But that’s exactly what he had hoped for, the pastor said.
“We’re demonstrating a need,” Lacey said.
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[Source: Huffington Post]