Essay: Fighting COVID-19 with creative thinking

Tests and vaccines are the most important tools we have to mitigate the highly contagious omicron variant and keep our families, workplaces and communities safe.

Increased and easily accessible testing allows us to slow transmission through proper quarantine and helps our schools and other vital institutions stay open.

However, given the urgent and high demand for testing caused by the outbreak, it was clear that too many families in Delco were struggling to find tests.

That’s why we’ve formed a unique public-private partnership, working with Personic Health Care, a local Springfield-based healthcare provider, to open a new countywide COVID-19 testing facility at the Training Center. Delaware County Emergency Services in Sharon Hill.

Every day, hundreds of residents can now receive free COVID-19 rapid antigen and PCR tests, regardless of their insurance or immigration status.

This partnership not only expands access to testing, it also removes financial barriers that disproportionately affect immigrant communities, low-income families and people of color – groups that have long suffered from inequalities in health.

By working together, we are able to provide residents with the assurance and peace of mind they need as we enter another pandemic year.

Public-private partnerships like this are essential for a rapid response to the pandemic.

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