COUNCIL PRESIDENT PARKER RENEWS CALL FOR ADDITIONAL COVID-19 TESTING SITES
PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Contact: Kim Garner
Council President William Parker is reemphasizing the need for additional COVID-19 testing sites. A plan for drive-thru testing was approved by the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board last month. President Parker is renewing his call to county, state and federal agencies to help provide testing kits and medical personnel.
National experts now believe that African Americans may be disproportionately getting sick and dying from COVID-19. President Donald Trump has promised to release data, detailing the extent of the problem in the coming days. He was quoted on Tuesday as saying, “We’re doing everything in our power to address this challenge, it’s a tremendous challenge. It’s terrible.”
Health experts have said that having adequate access to tests is vital to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Legion Field is situated on 100 acres and has ample room for cars to maneuver for drive-thru testing. Parker said that while he applauds the testing sites that have opened at UAB, the West End, and Woodlawn; more locations are still needed.
“The best tool we have to protect the citizens of Birmingham is to make sure people can be tested for this virus,” Parker said. “We have to know what we are up against, and testing provides us with that picture. Legion Field is able to accommodate thousands of cars and people. Now we are calling on our government partners – FEMA, the Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC – in order to provide tests that can be administered at the site.”