NYIT testing in rural areas across the region


The New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Delta Health Care-a-van is hitting the road.

As some rural and underserved areas struggle to acquire coronavirus tests, NYIT is hoping to help.

The medical school along with multiple organizations are testing in the arkansas delta region to help stop the spread.

"So, we have chosen these areas that we’re going to base in part on the percentage of minority populations that live in that area. We know that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts minority ethnic groups. They’re more likely to get it, to spread it, and more likely to have severe cases,” says Director of External Relations for NYIT, Casey Pearce.

NYIT’S Delta Population Health Institute Care-a-van will serve as the site.

Tomorrow they’ll be at the old sunflower parking lot in Eudora, and on Friday in elaine they’ll be at Waves of Prayer.

The free testing is thanks to cares act funding grant from the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, and the ADH is assisting in operating the program.

Pearce says this embodies the mission of the delta care-a-van.

“The Delta Care-A-Van program is all about providing access in areas where people might not have otherwise have the opportunity to get a picture of their health,” he says. “There is no insurance; there is no appointments needed. Anybody who is interested in being tested can come up to the facility and get a swab. We will process that test to them free of charge.”

NYIT students, faculty, and staff along with volunteers from the Arkansas Community Health Workers Association will perform the testing.

One can have the coronavirus and be asymptomatic or confuse symptoms with a common cold.

So, they’re hoping people take advantage of this opportunity.

“They need to know so they can isolate, so they can quarantine. The big part of this is helping identify where the virus is and acting appropriately," says Pearce.

So far, they’ve tested in Mariana, Batesville, and Searcy.

Locations and testing dates for December will be announce soon.

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