Carl Goggins feels like he can’t be careful enough when it comes to the coronavirus. Apart from the danger the virus poses to him as a 67-year-old, he worries what would happen if he fell ill.
“I live by myself,” said Goggins. “Ain’t nobody gonna come to the door.”
So when a mobile medical van offering coronavirus testing arrived in the parking lot of Greenleaf Gardens, the public housing complex where Goggins lives in Southeast D.C., he jumped at the opportunity to get a test, even though he’s had several this summer and he didn’t currently have any COVID-19 symptoms.
The van is part of a new project led by the D.C. Housing Authority in collaboration with area hospitals. It’s meant to make coronavirus testing more accessible to residents of public housing, and, eventually, connect residents with stable access to medical care as the disruptions from the pandemic continue.
Read DCist's article "New Medical Vans Aim To Connect Public Housing Residents And Health Providers," featuring the District of Columbia Housing Authority.