Latino, Black Neighborhoods Struggle With Test Disparities

Jul 7, 2020

As coronavirus infections explode in states like Arizona and Florida, people in communities of color are fighting to get tested.

Medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvalefor free COVID-19 tests organized by Equality Health Foundation, which focuses on care in underserved communities. As coronavirus infections explode in states like Arizona and Florida, people in communities of color are fighting to get tested. Public health experts say wider testing helps people in underserved neighborhoods and is key to controlling a pandemic.
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They say the tests, especially free ones, are hard to find in lower-income areas. Wealthier neighborhoods are where chain pharmacies and urgent care clinics offer most of the testing opportunities. Public health experts say wider testing helps people in underserved neighborhoods and is key to controlling a pandemic. States have stitched together a patchwork of responses on testing. That's forced foundations and community health organizations to fill in the gaps to ensure people of color are reached.