Collaborative COVID-19 Testing at MacDonald Manor Friday
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2020
COLLABORATIVE COVID-19 TESTING AT MACDONALD MANOR FRIDAY
CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Health Department, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare and community leaders have combined efforts to provide free COVID-19 testing for MacDonald Manor, 1331 MacDonald Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23325 on Friday, May 15 beginning at 10 a.m.
Testing and educating underserved communities about COVID-19 is a way to help prevent the spread. Organizers will test those with symptoms of the virus and those who are asymptomatic.
MacDonald Manor is a host site for what organizers anticipate being a model of collaboration for testing underserved neighborhoods throughout the city. Organizers will distribute food from the Southeastern Foodbank and provide information about discounts on Internet connectivity from Cox Communications while at the test site. They will also provide educational information about the need to wear a mask or face cover, how to physically distance, how to use good hand hygiene and when to get help if they think they are infected.
Urban League of Hampton Roads
The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. (ULHR) was founded in 1978 with a mission to assist African Americans and others in the achievement of social and economic equality. Its mission is to enable African Americans and others to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power and civil rights. The ULHR implements its mission by providing services and programs in education, employment, health, and housing to Hampton Roads communities through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community mobilization and collaboration throughout communities.
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is home to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, the only independent, community-based hospital in the Hampton Roads region providing compassionate, technologically advanced health care to the residents of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina for more than 40 years. It offers a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, and one of the busiest Emergency Departments and maternity wards in the area. With more than 600 physicians on staff, Chesapeake Regional is dedicated to putting patients first with the most advanced treatments and innovation in health care and a personalized touch. For more information, visit www.chesapeakeregional.com.
Chesapeake Health Department
The Chesapeake Health Department is committed to protecting the well-being and safety of all people in Virginia. We embrace population health through a health equity lens, recognizing that health and well-being are interconnected with social, cultural, physical, economic, and other factors. District director, Dr. Nancy Welch, a former pediatrician, is the longest serving heath director in the state, with over 44 years of experience.