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Bond Community Health Center offers free, mobile testing to those struggling with homelessness

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 18:21:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — After closing Wednesday afternoon due to an employee testing positive for the coronavirus, the Bond Community Health Center plans to continue their free mobile test site next week.

The free services are providing much needed services for people struggling with homelessness.

"People without a place to call home are now facing even more obstacles in order to get tested," said Dr. Faye Tinson, with Bond Community Health Center. "But, there's help. They want to get tested. They just have some other difficulties with other needs, transportation, mental health. It's just easier for us to go out."

Tinson says those struggling with homelessness have been very happy with the mobile unit.

"They're very happy we brought the testing to them," said Tinson. "It makes it very easy for them."

About 80 people have been checked, all negative. But, it's come with other issues.

"The reviews have been positive, although the weather has, many days, impeded our ability to finish the testing," Tinson said.

Now, they're hoping to start testing two days a week: Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tinson says that way they can make up for time.

"It's been difficult for the people that we service to get to Bragg or to get to other locations," said Tinson. "They do not need a referral for us."

The mobile unit will be back at the site next Tuesday.