LONGWOOD, Fla. — As the demand for COVID-19 testing continues to climb, health officials in Seminole County have begun turning to faith-based organizations to assist in administering tests to residents.
At the Northland Church in Longwood, workers handed out boxes filled with dozens of at-home test kits.
Seminole County emergency manager Alan Harris said faith-based organizations have played a vital role during the pandemic.
“These organizations have partnered with us to do test sites, to do vaccines; and today, we’re giving out home test kits to these organizations to distribute to their congregations,” Harris said.
Hunter Gold of Central Florida Hillel said the tests are much needed for staff, given the number of UCF students they are in contact with.
“With everyone returning to campus this weekend, it’s just another avenue for them to be able to test to be safe,” Gold said.
County officials said by relying on these organizations to distribute to their congregations, they can alleviate the traffic and long wait times plaguing other distribution sites.
The county has already had targeted distributions of test kits for health care workers, people with special needs, as well as home health workers, and there are plans to hold events for nonprofit organizations soon.
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