Pima County Health Department Partners with Pima County Interfaith to Conduct COVID Testing

PCI Testing Schedule

Aug 5 - Our Lady of Fatima

Aug 8 - Sacred Heart

Aug 15 - St Margaret Mary

Aug 22 - St Cyril’s

Aug 22 - St Mark’s Presbyterian

Aug 29 - Queen of All Saints

Aug 29 - St Pius X

TBD - St Francis UMC

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Pima County Interfaith (PCI), Dr. Theresa Cullen, Pima County Public Health Director, and the Pima County Health
Department have joined forces to offer free COVID-19 testing in churches around Tucson over a series of weekends
beginning on July 25. The goal is to test a minimum of 100 people at each church. PCI assists churches to organize a
space, volunteers for the site, and a means for making an appointment, while the Health Department provides clinicians
and tests.
PCI recognized a need for testing among underserved communities in town, including immigrants, Spanish speakers, and
low-income families who might otherwise not get tested. Monsignor Raúl Trevizo, St. John the Evangelist, heard from
many parishioners that they had sick people at home, but they were fearful to go to a doctor or the county’s testing
sites due to lack of trust, fear of immigration authorities, or lack of money. As PCI leader Rocio Zamora of Our Mother of
Sorrows Catholic Church said, they feel safe going to churches to get tested. St. John’s hosted the first PCI testing site on
July 25, while other churches, including Our Mother of Sorrows, Sacred Heart, St Margaret Mary, and St Cyril’s have also
hosted test sites. Please see the calendar above for a listing of confirmed dates and churches who have volunteered to
host testing.
People wishing to sign up for a free test at one of these locations should call the church or church contact where they
wish to be tested. Participants need not be a member of the church to be tested as all are welcome, but an appointment
is required. Please wear a mask to the testing site. If you do not have one, a free mask will be provided.
Volunteers at St. John’s were very moved by a homeless woman who came seeking a test. She could walk from the park
where she lived but had no address or phone number to get her results. PCI leaders at Casa San Juan, co-located with St.
John’s, offered to receive her results at their phone number and she could stop by and get them. Her story brings home
the great need in our community!
If your church is interested in hosting a COVID-19 testing site, please contact Ana Chavarin, iamanachavarin@gmail.com.
All denominations are welcome to participate, including non-PCI churches.

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