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COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence has shown that communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the virus, especially African American and Latino communities. To respond to and help address these disparities, the State of Ohio has created the Minority Health Strike Force. The objectives of the strike force are to: stop the progression of the disease, evaluate and document the impact of the disease, remedy factors that contribute to the spread and procure resources to prevent a resurgence.

Get Tested for COVID-19

In May the Governor’s COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force issued an interim report that detailed the importance of testing access in communities of color and other high-risk areas.

As a response, the Strike Force announced a walk-up/drive-up testing initiative with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and their affiliate members (Community Health Centers) and the Ohio National Guard. These sites will also include other local community-based organizations i.e., faith-based organizations, community centers, food pantries, etc.

Testing for this initiative will be available for individuals with or without symptoms. The test has no out-of-pocket cost to the patient and individuals of any age are able to access the test. Minors will need signed consent of a parent/guardian.

Pop up testing sites

August 7 August 7
Second Ward Community Center
50 Ross Street
Delaware, OH 43015
11:00 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m.
Athens County
1 High School Road 
Athens, OH 45780
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

August 8 August 8
Mount Vernon
Knox County Fairgrounds
601 Fairgrounds Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
8:00 a. m. - 12:00 p.m.
Georgetown High School
987 Old St. Rt. 68
Georgetown, OH 45121
9:00 a. m. - 3:00 p.m.

Click HERE for a printable PDF of all current popup testing locations.

Minority Health Strike Force Members

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COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force: Interim Report

One of the first charges of the strike force was to create an interim report. The interim report includes recommendations from four subcommittees and focuses on immediate action items to address COVID-19 and its impact on people of color. The strike force is comprised of four subcommittees: data and research; education and outreach; healthcare and resources. The strike force will issue another report early this summer that outlines longer term strategies.