The county health department has seen an increase in demand for COVID testing. To meet demand, several churches in Southeast San Diego are mobilizing to provide testing sites.
Starting Sunday, September 26, the following sites will be offering walk-in COVID-19 testing:
Bayview Baptist Church, 6134 Pastor Timothy J Winters St, San Diego, CA 92114
Sundays and Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Baptist Church of Southern Encanto, 6020 Akins Ave, San Diego, California 92114
Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
City of Hope International Church, 4999 Holly Dr, San Diego, CA 92113
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
On Sunday morning, the Bayview Baptist Church test site was occupied by families who wanted to be tested.
“One of the girls on her support team tested positive for COVID. For them to resume, everyone has to be tested and we have a 72 hour waiting period before anyone can go back, ”said Shannarai Diaz, a resident of San Diego.
Shannarai’s family is fully vaccinated, but she still thinks it’s important to have testing available.
“Yes, it’s really convenient for us, we live 5 km from here and 211 gave us that information. I called 211. It was yesterday and they told me it would be open this morning, ”Diaz said.
The increased testing capacity will ensure that the community will continue to have access to testing.
At Encanto Southern Baptist Church they were already doing COVID testing once a week, now they’re expanding it to five days a week.
“People are already educating themselves, so we already know there will be a good turnout, so it’s a good thing for the community,” said Robert Pope, pastor of the Encanto Southern Baptist Church.
The change in testing sites comes after San Diego County closed its testing site at the Tubman Chavez Community Center. The center has played a vital role in the response to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Since June 29, 2020, it has performed 182,082 COVID tests and 5,705 vaccines.