/ Modified aug 10, 2020 5:38 p.m.

Local church wants to open free COVID-19 test site

The church must get 50 people to pre-register before the event.

kino testing site People wait to be tested for COVID-19 at the Kino Sports Complex, in this July 13 courtesy photo from Pima County.
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St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church on East Third Street is hoping to hold a free, one-day coronavirus testing event at the church, but to do that they must ensure at least 50 people are going to get tested.

The church is asking people to pre-register now so they can get the number of people they need. To pre-register call (520) 344-4110.

Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik says once the minimum number is met, they will be able to take walk-up appointments.

The event is scheduled for August 22nd and is being cosponsored by the Pima County Interfaith Council.

Pima County announced last week, that it will offer nine, pop-up sites over the next nine days to administer free tests in areas of the county that are being underserved by testing. More than 154,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Pima County.

Currently, there are more than 70 testing sites in Pima County. Three permanent sites operated by the county offer free testing.

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