June 30, 2020
With Arizona seeing one of the highest COVID-19 surges in the country at 74,000 confirmed cases, continued testing remains critical. In an effort to help slow the spread of the disease, the HeroZona Foundation has partnered with SRP, the Travis L. Williams American Legion Post 65, Maricopa County’s District 5 and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at South Mountain Community College (7050 S. 24th St.) in Phoenix on Thursday, July 2; Friday, July 3; Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“This effort is critically important to help provide testing for Arizonans in the South Phoenix communities,” said President & CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Glenn Hamer. “There has been a spike in cases and this additional testing is needed now. I have a deep appreciation for Alan “AP” Powell, Founder of the HeroZona Foundation, for brining the additional testing sites to our state where it’s needed the most. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry strongly support this effort.”
The testing will be conducted by Lab24, a family owned business located in South Florida that operates nationally with a focus in molecular testing. There is no pre-registration or appointment necessary to get tested at the community event and tests will be available until supplies run out. Those who wish to get tested must have a valid ID.
“Additional testing is needed immediately in South Phoenix to keep our communities safe,” said HeroZona Foundation Founder and U.S. Army Desert Storm Veteran, Alan “AP” Powell. “We created this event to help bring additional testing sites to areas that need it the most.”
Those attending do not need to have symptoms present to be tested and the test will only check for viral symptoms, not antibodies.
“We are happy to have the opportunity to help support all of our communities in an effort to contain the Coronavirus through much needed testing,” said Territory Manager for Lab24, Marsha Wood. “Our goal with Covid-19 testing is to partner with community organizations, religious organizations, and clinics that support the undeserved population.”
The event is supported by SRP, Roosevelt Elementary School District 66, Phoenix Union High School District, Arizona State Conference NAACP, Greater Phoenix Urban League, 100 Black Men Phoenix, African American Christian Clergy Coalition, Mega 104.3 and 101.1 The Beat.
“SRP appreciates the opportunity to support this important effort,” said SRP Chief Public Affairs Executive Rob Taylor. “We are at a juncture where testing for COVID-19 across all populations is critical and we are hopeful this event will help slow the spread of the virus and further protect the communities we serve.”
“I’m proud to be part of this partnership between government, public, private and non-profit groups to serve our community in getting more testing for our residents,” said Maricopa County Supervisor for District 5, Steve Gallardo. “Along with testing, we must continue to be vigilant in wearing masks in public, practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing.”
For more information about the HeroZona Foundation and all of its programs, visit herozona.org.
About HeroZona Foundation
The mission of HeroZona Foundation is to create and empower Heroes in Phoenix communities. The HeroZona Foundation’s annual HeroZona National Veteran Summit created a multi-day networking experience to improve America’s support of veteran companies through workshops, networking, entrepreneurial connections, and seminars. The summit will return to Arizona for a fourth year in November 2020. Other programs include the Bridge Forum, Phoenix Tools 4 School, Play it Forward, Honor Walk, Veterans Reach to Teach, Voting for Veterans and Play It Forward. For more information, visit herozona.org
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