Oakland Expands Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

New sites are Allen Temple Baptist Church, Roots Community Health Center and Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center

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The City of Oakland announced Monday a partnership with Allen Temple Baptist Church and the emergency relief nonprofit organization Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) to open a new COVID-19 community-based testing site (CBTS) in East Oakland.

This site will also use the Baseline COVID-19 Program platform by Verily, an Alphabet company. Testing will be provided free of charge Monday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Health insurance is not required.

If you work outside the home or are worried you might have COVID-19, get a test. The City has now partnered in three sites where residents can receive free testing:

Allen Temple, 8501 International Blvd.

Roots Community Health Center, 9925 International Blvd.

Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center parking lot, 10 Tenth St.

Hours of operation and other details vary by site. Residents can contact OAK311 with questions about testing at City-partnered sites. For information dial 311 (or 510-615-5566) or go online to www.oaklandca.gov/testing.

Appointments can be made using Verily’s Baseline COVID-19 Program, available at www.projectbaseline.com/COVID19. Persons need only create an online account, schedule an appointment and bring their ID to their appointment.

The Baseline COVID-19 Program is a secure connected solution to support individuals from screening through testing and receipt of their test results, which is done under physician direction.

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Oakland’s Black and Brown communities. COVID-19 death rates among Black Alameda County residents are double those among any other group, according to recent County data. The number of cases (infection rate) in the Latino community is three times higher than for white people in Alameda County, according to recent County data.

“As a proud member of Allen Temple Baptist Church since 1984, I want to commend Pastor Thompson and the church for continuing its mission of empowerment and public service in East Oakland,” said U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee.

Oakland City Councilmember Larry Reid said that East Oakland is disproportionately harmed by the impacts of COVID-19. “I want my community to know we see that harm and we are prioritizing East Oakland for testing locations,” said Reid, who represents the district in which Allen Temple is located.

“Allen Temple Baptist Church has a long history of serving God by serving the people of God, particularly those that are often overlooked. We look forward to the opportunity to work with our city, county and nonprofit partners to meet this critical need in East Oakland,” said Allen Temple Pastor Jacqueline Thompson.

“It is vital to provide access to free COVID-19 testing to all communities, but particularly communities of color who are being affected disproportionately by this pandemic,” said CORE Co-Founder Sean Penn. “To do this effectively, we take a community-centric approach and look to bring on local volunteers and prioritize local hires.”

There are additional test sites available to Oaklanders, in which the City is not an active partner. Alameda County Public Health Department maintains an ongoing list of all sites within the county, available online at http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov/testing.aspx.

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