Pennsylvania mobile COVID-19 testing unit visits Lehigh Valley

Written by on September 10, 2020

Pennsylvania mobile COVID-19 testing unit visits Lehigh Valley

By Stephen Jiwanmall

September 10, 2020

Pennsylvania’s mobile COVID-19 response unit is in the Lehigh Valley for the next few days. The free testing is part of the state’s effort to reach underserved communities.

An RV-like vehicle called CATE is making its way through the region. CATE stands for Community-Accessible Testing & Education. It’s powered by a Harrisburg marketing agency called Latino Connection.

The Latino community has been hit hard by the pandemic. Junior Program Manager Nelson Mena says there hasn’t been enough access to healthcare or Spanish-language information about how people can protect themselves.

“We tend to fear what we don’t understand. The last time humanity [dealt] with a pandemic was almost a century ago. So, there are a lot of people out there who don’t really have the education they need to keep themselves and their family safe and healthy,” said Mena.

CATE will be in Berks County on Friday and Saturday and in Allentown on Monday and Tuesday. COVID-19 testing is free – first-come, first-serve.

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