Hundreds Turn Out For Free UCSF Homeless Coronavirus Testing Clinic

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Unhoused people are high risk for COVID-19, so increasing awareness around the disease is extremely important.

"We really want to bring both testing ad information to this very high-risk community because the only way to be safe is to be tested and to know if you are infected," UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative Director Dr. Margot Kushel said.

"We had an incredible team from those community-based organizations, who really know this area better than anyone, go out for the past week and let everybody about the testing, why we’re testing and to encourage people to come," Dr. Kushel said.

People could get tested whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms.

"We must protect individuals and families experiencing homelessness in D10 from COVID-19," Supervisor Shamann Walton said in a release. "I’m grateful to UCSF for proactively offering testing for our most vulnerable residents, which will help connect them with treatment, and will help our scientists to better understand the spread of this virus in our community."

Anyone who is symptomatic will receive special care.