Fla. FD uses community donations to conduct at-home virus tests

Delray Beach Fire Rescue purchased 150 test kits using $9,000 donated by community members


Brett Shweky
Sun Sentinel

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Thanks to a donation, the Delray Beach Fire Rescue will test residents who can’t reach a COVID-19 testing site.

After receiving nearly $9,000 in donations from individuals in the community, the department purchased 150 testing kits from the Delray Medical Center. Firefighters and paramedics will conduct visits for home-bound seniors and other residents unable to get to local testing sites.

In partnership with the City of Delray Beach, the fire department will coordinate processing the tests and is working with Palm Beach County’s Division of Emergency Management to conduct tests of residents on the county’s special needs registry.

“We know that coronavirus testing is an important step to making sure Delray Beach residents stay healthy, and we don’t want anyone in our city to feel that they can’t be tested simply because they don’t have the means or the physical ability to get to a testing site,” Fire Rescue Chief Keith Tomey said in a news release.

Harvey and Virginia Kimmel along with the Delray Beach Firefighters Benevolent Fund were the lead donors.

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©2020 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

 
Delray Beach Fire Rescue Offer Coronavirus Testing

Delray Beach Fire Rescue offer at-home coronavirus tests for vulnerable residents. To request a home test or to learn more information about the program, call the Delray Beach Coronavirus Helpline at 561-243-7777. @Delray Beach Fire Rescue

Posted by City of Delray Beach, Florida Government on Friday, May 8, 2020

 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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