Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church will offer free COVID-19 testing, as well as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) screenings, this Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free flu vaccinations, face masks, school supplies for children and food vouchers will also be available.

Ebenezer is partnering with Allergy & Asthma Network, the leading nonprofit patient outreach, education, advocacy, and research organization to provide the free services. Saturday’s screenings are part of the organizations ‘Not One More Life Trusted Messengers Program’ and is made possible through a new public-private partnership with global biopharmaceutical company Sanofi US.

“Ebenezer is committed to helping the community fight against ailments that strike hardest against people of color, and in disenfranchised areas,” said the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. “Regular COVID testing is an important tool for fighting the virus.”

The entire metro-Atlanta community is invited to Saturday’s screenings, organizers said. Participants will receive results of their COVID-19 and respiratory health screenings the same day. In addition, healthcare professionals will be available to discuss results, provide resource referrals, and offer patient education.

People who test positive for COVID-19 or who have underlying respiratory conditions will be invited to participate in a telehealth program in the months following the screenings.

“Covid-19, asthma and COPD are life-changing medical conditions that can lead to poor health outcomes. We are excited to offer these free screenings to those in the Atlanta area,” said Tonya Winders, the president and CEO of Allergy & Asthmas Network. “We are working, along with our partners, to reduce barriers to care for at-risk patients and communities of color.”

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Warnock announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 challenging recently appointed Republican Kelly Loeffler. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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