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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

New Pop-up Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing In Lincoln Heights

Courtesy of The Healthcare Connection

New "pop-up" drive-thru testing sites are making COVID-19 testing more accessible - and free - for neighbors in areas hardest hit by the virus.

According to the CDC, systematic health and social inequalities put minorities at greater risk for COVID-19. In the community of Lincoln Heights, the Healthcare Connection is trying to combat that disparity.

The Healthcare Connection, which operates the Lincoln Heights Health Center, is offering drive-thru testing at 1401 Steffen Avenue in Lincoln Heights on most Sundays from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. until Aug. 16. Additionally, the Healthcare Connection will host one drive-thru test site at its new Mt. Healthy Family Practice Center on Aug. 9.

The Healthcare Connection Founder Dolores Lindsay first started The Lincoln Heights Health Center from a four-room apartment and grew the center to what it is today.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the pop-up testing sites and the history of The Healthcare Connection is Founder Dolores Lindsay.

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