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COVID-19 Testing Sites for Minority Neighborhoods Open Tuesday

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Testing sites will be set up in low-income and minority neighborhoods in Richmond and Henrico on Tuesday. (Photo: Crixell Matthews/VPM News)

*VPM intern Alan Rodriguez Espinoza reported this story.

The Richmond and Henrico health districts will begin setting up testing sites in low-income, minority neighborhoods on Tuesday to conduct free COVID-19 testing for those who don’t have health insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover it.

The Richmond and Henrico health districts are not making specific testing site locations public. A spokesperson for the Richmond City Health District says this is to avoid large crowds, which would disrupt social distancing guidelines.

To learn about testing locations, local health officials say those who are not insured for coronavirus testing can call a hotline -- 804-205-3501 -- through which they will be screened for symptoms before being given an appointment.

Race and ethnicity data of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Richmond and Henrico show African Americans face a disproportionate burden from the disease.

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