Need for Free COVID-19 testing by Alameda County medical professionals and volunteers
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Initiative to increase COVID-19 Testing.
We are a group of grassroots volunteers made up of local community members and frontline health care workers in Alameda County. Given the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is our great desire to provide a FREE multi-day COVID testing event in Oakland in order to help alleviate the strain on the health system, as well as to ensure access to testing for communities of color and lower socio-economic status that are historically underserved.
Coronavirus cases have spiked in recent days, and hospitalizations are up 32% across the state. We know the Latino and African American populations in East Oakland are being disproportionately affected, and thus, we want to ensure better testing access to our Spanish and Mam speaking community members as well as to other immigrant populations. We would like to help make sure that everyone who needs a test can get one.
We were incredibly inspired by a similar initiative in Santa Clara County. By implementing a multi-collaborative effort, Santa Clara County succeeded in providing a five-day event for walk-up COVID-19 testing. They were able to administer roughly 1,000 tests daily. To learn more about the Santa Clara County initiative, please check the link detailing their efforts: http://www.sapcenter.com/events/detail/covid19walkuptesting. This type of initiative could be life-saving given the fact that Alameda county has had 1200+ positive cases in the last 2 weeks, outstripping Santa Clara county. Even though testing has increased, access for most living in Alameda County is inadequate, as we see many people coming to the ER every day who are unaware of existing testing sites or unable to make appointments.
We have already developed a website capable of scheduling and connecting volunteers and community members for testing at HelpTestBayArea.com. Our vision is to build a large volunteer group of health care workers to help with COVID-19 testing and we already have several dozen people at the ready, many with previous testing and ER experience. Additionally, we are also in the process of attaining a non-profit designation as a charitable organization.
To achieve this goal of a large multi-day testing event, we need support and approval from Alameda County for the testing site and dates. Moreover, we also need an Alameda County Department of Public Health physician to assist us in order to ensure that proper protocols are followed and the correct permits are used so as to be aligned with the regulations set forth by Alameda County. Our initial fundraising efforts have been made via GoFundMe, however, it has become clear that we need broader financial backing in order to see this initiative become reality.
We are currently looking for help with:
1. Medical director to sign off on the testing kits and the test site (this is paramount
for us to succeed and operate).
2. A testing site with approval from the Alameda County Health Department
3. Fiscal sponsorship with a 501(c)
4. Partnership to help test the community
This project is driven by passion and the overall knowledge that this initiative will help save lives. We CAN help stop the spread of the virus during this crucial time as we open the economy.
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