WAU partners with Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, Montgomery County, and The City of Takoma Park on New COVID-19 Testing Site

Written by: Dachele Cuke

Washington Adventist University is proud to announce that it has partnered with Montgomery County, Takoma Park, and Sligo Church to bring free COVID-19 testing every Wednesday starting Oct 14th from 11 am–6 pm on 7700 Carroll Ave (parking lot between Sligo and WAU). This testing site is Walk-in and Drive-thru testing with no appointment needed.

 

Today was the first day the testing site opened. President Spence of WAU and Pastor Don Mcfarlane of Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church came to support the opening day. They were met at the testing site by Jessica Clarke, the Deputy city manager for the City of Takoma Park. “We had a testing site at Takoma Park Recreation Center, over a 1000 people came. But it then turned out that the location was too small,” says Clarke, ” So we worked to try and find a new location with a large outdoor area. Since most of the university’s students are remote and facilities are not currently fully in use and it’s visibly near families that could use free testing, we were excited to use this location. The university and Sligo Adventist church were very supportive. And I’m proud to say we got it done!”

 

The new testing site is for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, and no insurance or ID is needed to get tested. “We’re really thankful that the county picked this area,” says Clarke, “There has been a lot of pop up testing, and with those, you never quite know when it’s going to be held or if it will return to that location. But here we know that this is a semi-permanent site, for at least a period of time, potentially through the end of December.”

 

Working alongside this new COVID-19 testing site is also Patrick Campbell, the Senior Emergency Manager for the Department of Health and Human Services. “The challenge with testing is finding a location that will let you do it. Takoma Park reached out to us, and they assisted us in finding this location. Once the location is confirmed, we bring the resources in to actually manage the tests.” Campbell believes that the area is older, and finding a space with ‘easy to find’ landmark like a large building or parking lot can be hard. “So having the university and Sligo Adventist on board made a huge difference,” he smiles. 

 

For more information on this testing site and testing in Montgomery county, please visit:

 

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.html 

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