United in Health D6 Unhoused
To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic among the unhoused population, a coalition of groups led by the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, Glide, St. Anthony’s, the SF Department of Public Health, and Supervisor Matt Haney’s Office joined together to create a “Test and Respond” campaign called United in Health D6 Unhoused.
We’ll be conducting two days of mobile COVID-19 testing on Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th for unsheltered people living in the Tenderloin and SOMA (and potentially nearby areas). Mobile testing teams will visit encampments and other places where unsheltered individuals are staying and offer testing for the Coronavirus. After the weekend of testing, our organizations will offer support for people who test positive. Data gathered from these test results will help to guide public health measures, and to advocate for resources for District 6 and San Francisco.
All information collected is kept confidential. People do not need to have symptoms to get tested. The testing is not considered public charge and will not affect immigration status.
There are two types of tests:
PCR Test: Am I infected with the Coronavirus right now?
The PCR test determines whether a person is actively infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 (i.e. is positive or negative)
Antibody Test: Was I infected with the coronavirus in the past?
The antibody test determines if a person has been infected and developed antibodies against the disease
Community-based testing provides important information to people on whether they have COVID-19 now, or had it in the past. This information will help us understand how to stop the spread of the virus. This is a great opportunity for us to protect our families while contributing to community efforts to fight this pandemic.