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Mesa CARES Healthy Communities Program to offer free COVID testing and flu shots

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  • Heidi Hurst   |   Mesa Unified School District

Free Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing For All Mesa Public Schools Students, Families, Staff And Community Members Is Available 24 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week At Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Avenue In Mesa, Shown Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Save Your Spot And Make An Appointment To Be Tested. [Tim Hacker/ Mesa Public Schools]

The City of Mesa, in partnership with Mesa Public Schools, will be offering COVID-19 testing and flu shots in a series of public events on five consecutive Saturdays. Testing events are being held in zip codes experiencing higher numbers of positive COVID-19 rates, including 85201, 850202, 85203, 85204 and 85210.

Events will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following schools:

  • Sept. 19 – Longfellow Elementary, 345 S. Hall
  • Sept. 26 – Lincoln Elementary, 930 S. Sirrine
  • Oct. 3 – Washington Elementary, 2260 W. Isabella Ave.
  • Oct. 10 – Hughes Elementary, 630 N. Hunt Drive
  • Oct. 17 – Webster Elementary, 202 N. Sycamore

All COVID tests and flu shots will be provided at no cost, regardless of insurance. No appointment or pre-registration is needed. Everyone is welcome to the events, and indoor social distancing guidelines will be followed. Tests will be administered by Steward Health Care. The COVID-19 results will be available within 48 hours.

“I’m pleased that we’re taking proactive steps toward a healthy community in Mesa, by offering easy-to-access sites for free COVID-19 testing and flu shots,” said Mayor John Giles. “It’s an ideal time to get ahead of flu season, and I encourage all Mesa residents to get tested and to get a flu shot early.”

Free masks, hand sanitizer and resource information about Mesa CARES programs such as utility assistance and eviction and foreclosure prevention will also be provided. Mesa Public Schools will provide free household cleaning supplies at the Sept. 19 event and on a limited basis afterward based on inventory available. Mesa Fire and Medical Department personnel will be onsite to offer the flu shots and assist with the COVID-19 testing.