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Ocala Organizations Partner to Create Pop-Up Testing Site for the Homeless

By OCALA FIRE RESCUE, Correspondent | May 15, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 051520113

Ocala, FL - Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) and Meadowbrook Church partnered with the City of Ocala’s Social Services Coordinator, Dennis Yonce, to offer COVID-19 testing to the homeless. The collaboration resulted in a pop-up testing site at NW 1st Avenue and NW 3rd Street, on Wednesday, May 13th.

“It was an honor that the community participated and made use of these beneficial services,” said OFR Fire Chief Shane Alexander. “Offering testing at an open setting allowed us to address this underserved population with dignity and kindness.”

Besides COVID-19 testing, participants were able to obtain Hepatitis A inoculations and a meal, compliments of Meadowbrook Church. The testing site was open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A total of 52 individuals were tested for COVID-19. Furthermore, 18 participants opted to get vaccinated.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.