FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — A Baldwin County-based church is offering COVID-19 testing Thursday.
3Circle Church in Fairhope is hosting the testing on their campus at 10274 State Highway 104 in Fairhope. You’re asked to text 3CTest to 97000 for more information on who qualifies.
“We never would have thought that we would be putting up signs inside of our parking lots that says ‘don’t open your windows,’ and we never thought we would be providing ministry this way,” said Blake Stanley, the Executive Pastor at 3Circle Church.
Dr. Al Babcock works at Spring Hill Medical Center in Mobile and says he sees people who come in, and can’t get tested because even though they have COVID-19 symptoms, they don’t meet all the CDC criteria to be tested.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking to look someone in the eye and say you know what I wish that I had a test for you, I don’t have a test for you. I need you to go home and stay quarantined,” said Dr. Babcock, who is helping the Hope Center perform the testing.
He and several other volunteers from the medical community came to 3Circle Church to help administer the tests.
“I work on the front lines of this disease, I see this in my urgent care in Daphne. I see people who don’t fit into those criteria, but it affects their lifestyle. It affects whether or not they can go to work at their post office job, it affects whether or not they can go work on an assembly line and make something that we need,” said Dr. Babcock.
The Hope Center, a non-profit medical clinic on the church’s campus, and the American Esoteric Laboratories helped the church acquire these kits.
“We are doing our best to create zero barriers to treatment, but still while realizing resources are extremely scarce,” said Dr. Babcock.
The church performed 166 tests Thursday. The church plans to continue testing with the rest of their supply on Friday morning starting at 8 a.m.
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