Coronavirus: Dayton church now offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Dayton church now offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing

DAYTON — McKinley United Methodist Church is now the location of a new coronavirus testing site in Dayton.

The tests are free to patients through the church’s partnership with Primary Health Solutions.

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“We’re trying to make sure we close the gap in relationship to health disparities,” said Peter Matthews, pastor of McKinley United Methodist Church.

“We’ve seen throughout history how the African American church has been a source of advocacy to right wrongs, but we also want to make sure in 2020 it’s also a service place to meet needs. And so what we want to do is relative to persons who might not have health insurance, to get them what they need to be well and be whole.”

The testing site has a similar set up to other sites seen in the Miami Valley.

There is a tent for people to check-in before proceeding through the drive-thru to get tested.

Matthews is hoping to extend the service to at least 20 other sites in west Dayton in the coming months.

“We also want to make sure and let people know that our arms our open even when our doors are closed,” he said.