FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth church opens and offers free COVID services to anyone in need.
The church’s pastor said they were trying to meet the need for vaccines and therapeutic treatments in low-income communities by bringing services to a convenient location.
In light of the increase in cases, the New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church is offering free COVID testing, vaccines and monoclonal antibody treatments in hopes of helping as many people as possible.
“We hope to help save some people’s lives,” said New Mount Rose Baptist Missionary Church pastor Kyev Tatum.
It started out as a mission to educate the Morningside community about the virus and vaccines, but church leaders at New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church quickly saw the need to access COVID-related services.
âThey trust us to give them the right stuff, so they’ll go through those doors before they go to JPS or one of these clinics, because they know Pastor Tatum is there 365 days a year,â Tatum added. .
In honor of one of their founding members who died from COVID-19 earlier this month, the church has partnered with USA Mobile Testing to provide free COVID tests, vaccines and reminders to anyone. that presents itself, as well as a limited supply of monoclonal antibodies. treatments.
âWe are happy to be able to offer a ray of hope to our community,â Tatum said. âA lot of them don’t know about the treatment. Now they hear that New Mount Rose has this monoclonal antibody treatment, so the question is, “What is this?” So we are able to tell them and educate them. “
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But like many other infusion centers, antibody treatment supplies are extremely limited.
They have less than 25 doses left and more than 100 people on the waiting list are trying to get help.
âWe know we won’t be able to get more until Tuesday if the cargo arrives. We pray. But there shouldn’t be a gap in the first place,â Tatum said.
Kasandra Ewing is from this community. She said it was difficult to reach some people, especially the elderly, to let them know about available testing sites and services.
“They’re not online, they rely on the support of the community, so they don’t know where to go unless someone tells them or they see it on the news,” she explained.
Services just started this week, but the church is already seeing more and more people being tested and treated. They tested about 50 people on Thursday.
âWe need a whole village, we need everyone to do their part to help this, slow the rise of the virus,â Ewing said.
The church also hopes to start offering monoclonal antibody treatments at home as soon as it can get more doses.