Decatur church provides free COVID-19 testing

New Life Church has partnered with 100 Black Men of DeKalb and the Family Health Centers of Georgia to provide free covid testing on July 7. CONTRIBUTED

On Tuesday, July 7, New Life Church of Decatur will be holding a four-hour event to provide free COVID-19 testing, according to a press release.

This event, which is being held in partnership with 100 Black Men of DeKalb County and The Family Health Centers of Georgia, starts at 10 a.m. and will go until 2 p.m. Citizens will be able to take the test either by driving through a line set up for cars or on a walk-up basis.

Although pre-registration is encouraged, it is not required. Those wanting the test, however, will have to produce some type a photo-ID. The testing will be done on the New Life Church campus located at 3592 Flat Shoals Road in Decatur.

“Given the disparate impact COVID-19 has had on communities of color, we thought it critical to offer testing to those who live in our community and would not have access to the test otherwise,” said New Life Senior Pastor Marlin D. Harris. The free testing is part of New Life Church’s comprehensive plan to tackle the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic to the citizens of southern DeKalb County. The church’s community center has faithfully continued to feed families throughout the current health crisis, even as the number of families needing help has increased. Pastor Harris continued, “We simply could not close our doors to local families as the economic consequences of this pandemic mushroomed.”

New Life Church has been at its current location since 2010. It provides a variety of social services through the New Life Community Ministries center.

New Life Church is a non-denominational congregation.

Information: call Family Health Centers of Georgia at 1-800-935-6721.

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