MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Housing Authority residents at several properties received COVID-19 testing right outside their doors Monday as part of an effort to make testing more accessible for people in underserved communities.
The Memphis Housing Authority offered testing at three of its properties Monday for people who may not have the ways or means to get to areas where many mobile testing sites have been taking place.
“Different folks in the community they don’t know if they got it or not,” said MHA resident Tracy Scruggs.
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Montgomery Plaza in South Memphis is one of the complexes that received testing Monday.
MHA said it plans to conduct testing at several other sites Tuesday.
Montgomery Plaza is in an area where testing wasn’t accessible for many people.
Keisha Walker from MHA said this hopefully will bring as many people as possible out to know their status.
“It’s just available to them right at their front door,” said Walker. ““The older people they really need it because they don’t know who they been around.”
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee made a stop to tour the testing site before going to visit several other places in Memphis.
Walker said hopefully MHA residents will take advantage of the free opportunity to help the community stay as safe as possible from COVID-19.
“We tried to be really diligent about getting the word out. We even went door to door passing out fliers to our residents, and we also texted them,” Walker said.
MHA will have testing Tuesday at Kefauver Terrace Apartments on Robinson Cove in Arlington from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Jefferson Square Apartments on Adams Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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