• Tabernacle Community Development Corporation launched a free community- based COVID-19 testing in the Black community. With support from the African American Community Empowerment Council, over 30 churches statewide partnered on the Black Church COVID-19 Testing Partnership testing expansion. This statewide initiative will have 35 Black churches across California host pop-up and stationary COVID-19 testing sites. The program goal is to test 150 individuals at each church location daily through June 30.
  • The launch included drive-thru COVID-19 testing on-site at First AME Church of Los Angeles, the oldest church founded by African Americans in the city and one of the eight churches that will host COVID-19 testing sites. Testing at these church locations is free to the community regardless of health insurance status and will be available through June 30. The new testing sites at the eight churches will not require appointments, reducing barriers that can keep community members from getting tested.
  • Faith leaders and the church community has and continues to be a trusted source of information and influence for the Black community. Black churches will serve as a known and trusted safe space for accessing testing given the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on the Black community.
  • COVID-19 positive Black residents make up 4% of all cases in California, making us the 4th most affected group by the virus.
  • One of the tools that can be used to begin to address it, but not solve it, is increased access to free and easy COVID-19 tests in Black communities.
  • Our community doesn’t always trust government – and with good reason.
  • Black churches across California can help bridge this gap – between lack of trust in government and the need for more access to community-based testing.
  • The Black church has long played the role of advocate and provider, a place of trust for the Black community.
  • Easy and free access to testing is one of the best tools we have to help reduce transmission of the virus in the community.
  • We are aiming to test 150 individuals every day at church testing sites through June 30.
  • So, we urge those in our community to get tested. It is one way to help keep you and those you live with safe.