Non-profit announces free drive-up and door-to-door testing

(Portland, OR) SEPTEMBER 1, 2020— In partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, the non-profit Medical Teams International continues to help ensure that COVID-19 “hot spots” are addressed and contained by providing free testing throughout the state. The organization is now offering testing in Douglas County, where spikes in positive cases are being reported.

Medical Teams is a non-profit, non-governmental organization offering COVID-19 testing as a free, safe service to the public. Medical Teams will be conducting community drive-up testing sites this week at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, September 1 in Rock Island from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Douglas County Fire Station, District 2 Station 3
    301 Rock Island Drive, Rock Island, WA  98850
  • Wednesday, September 2 in Rock Island from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Door-to-door testing
  • Thursday, September 3 in Rock Island from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Door-to-door testing
  • Friday, September 4 in Rock Island from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Door-to-door testing

No registration or identification is required, and no one will be turned away. Future dates are being coordinated and will be announced as soon as they are available.

Medical Teams is an “official testing agent” and partner for both Seattle and King County as well as the Washington State Department of Health. The organization, experienced at working internationally in critical and emergency situations, has been testing underserved communities throughout the state in order to stem the spread of the disease and ensure that those in need of care are able to receive the proper treatment.

“Medical Teams is actively responding to COVID-19 across the region,” said Cindy Breilh, Executive Director, US Programs. “We are proud to partner with the Washington State Department of Health to expand and enhance testing into Douglas County.”

“We are so grateful for the work being done by Medical Teams International, especially in parts of the state that need the most help,” said Dr. Charissa Fotinos, deputy director of HCA and the state’s leader on testing. “Medical Teams has been and will continue to be helpful as a bridge to get where we’re going, with more resources supporting testing across the state.”

Medical Teams began testing in Seattle/King County in March, in Yakima County in late June, and has also tested in Benton and Franklin Counties. Since March, Medical Teams has tested approximately 7,000 people throughout the state of Washington.

 

NOTE TO MEDIA: 

  • Reporters interested in coming to the testing to interview Medical Teams’ volunteer medical personnel or the Executive Director should call or email Karen Piatt at kpiatt@medicalteams.org or 206.708.0355.

 


About Medical Teams International

Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for people in crisis, such as survivors of natural disasters and refugees. We care for the whole person— physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Daring to love like Jesus, we serve all people—regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. Because every person—no matter where they are or how desperate their situation—matters. Learn more at medicalteams.org and on social media using @medicalteams. For more information and donations for Medical Teams’ work on COVID-19, please visit  https://www.medicalteams.org/how-we-heal/natural-disasters/covid-19-response/

 

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