*MUST BE A FRUITVALE RESIDENT TO QUALIFY*
As Oakland’s Fruitvale District continues to be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, The Unity Council and UCSF are partnering with several community groups to hold a “Test and Respond” campaign — Sanando Juntos: Fruitvale (Healing Together: Fruitvale).
Two days of free mass testing will be held on Sept. 26 and 27 for families living in the 94601 – zip code. The testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in La Clínica de La Raza parking lot, 35th Avenue and E. 12th Street. Testing will be administrated by UCSF. People are encouraged to register, here. However, no one will be turned away if they are not registered.
Nose swab testing for current infection will be available for infants, children and adults of all ages. Persons do not have to present with symptoms to be tested. Drive-thru testing will be available. Persons who are in high-risk or vulnerable groups are strongly encouraged to use the drive-thru testing. Antibody testing for past infection will also be available.
Testing is not considered a public charge and won’t affect immigration status.
Nose swab testing results will be available within four days of the event, and antibody test results will be available within 2 weeks. Organizers will reach out to individuals who test positive and guide them to the appropriate support and health services. In addition, health workers will stay in contact with individuals who tested positive to make sure they have the support they need — food, financial resources, and housing help.
The Fruitvale event will also help public health officials gather data that can help reduce the spread of infections among the Latino community, leading to more resources and help for the area’s residents. In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in COVID-19-related research for those interested.