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County and Mexican Consulate Partner for New Testing Access Strategy for Latinos in San Diego

09/11/20

A comprehensive Latino community testing outreach strategy was announced today by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, Nancy Maldonado, Executive Director of Chicano Federation, and Barbara Jimenez, General Manager of the Central and South regions of the County Health and Human Services Agency to further expand testing access for Latino residents and other communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new program will kick off on Monday, September 14 with a new testing site at the Mexican Consulate in downtown San Diego, 1549 India St, San Diego, CA 92101. Starting at 8 a.m. walk-up appointments will be available until 3:30 p.m.

By working with trusted partners like the Consulate General, Catholic Diocese of San Diego, the Chicano Federation and others, this testing initiative will enhance County’s regional effort to expand coronavirus testing and outreach in the Latino community by working with trusted community partners and messengers to set up testing throughout the entire region.

The Consulate of San Diego will be the first of many locations that will be included in a 14-day rotation. Two other confirmed sites include San Luis Rey Church in Oceanside which is north of our county and St Anthony in National City.

Dates, times and additional locations will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

“We are prioritizing our response to health inequities in the Latino Community by prioritizing efforts to help address accessibility barriers that are contributing to Latinos being disproportionately impacted by this pandemic,” said Supervisor Fletcher.  “Whether you live in the South, North or East of our county you should have access to testing and resources to prevent and treat the spread of COVID-19.”

“The Consulate is proud to be part of the efforts to encourage testing and diagnosis among the Latino community, a community that unfortunately has been disproportionately hit by COVID-19,” said Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego. “Part of what is necessary for our community to reach out to testing sites is for them to feel safe and understand that they can access public health services regardless of their migratory status. Thanks to the County, now the Consulate can offer a security umbrella for the Mexican and Latino communities to come over with their families and get tested for free.”

“This testing site will allow us to reach an important population,” said Barbara Jiménez, general manager of the Central and South regions of the County Health and Human Services Agency. “Until we have a widely available vaccine, testing will remain an absolutely critical part of our public health response.”

To learn more, visit: www.coronavirus-sd.com