Volunteers work to inform the community that San Francisco is in the midst of a surge but testing is available at the 24th Street BART plaza. Photo by Mike Kai Chen

The Latino Task Force and researchers at UCSF — a collaboration known as Unidos en Salud (United in Health) — will launch Covid-19 rapid testing this morning at the 24th Street BART Plaza. To prepare, volunteers spent three days this week knocking on doors, answering questions and distributing flyers on the testing and research campaign. This is what an outreach effort looks like. Testing will take place five days a week: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Volunteers listen to how the outreach will work. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Diane Jones, a retired HIV nurse who has been key in the research and testing campaigns, instructs the volunteers on outreach and safety. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Unidos En Salud volunteers Patricia Lopez, Glenda Cifuentes, and Rasairio Rodriguez consulting their outreach maps to reach the census tracts most impacted by the virus. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Flyers are distributed in the hardest-hit sections of the neighborhood. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Residents are warned that the city is in the midst of another Covid-19 surge. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Outreach workers. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
A volunteer talks to a resident. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Unidos En Salud volunteers Patricia Lopez, Glenda Cifuentes, and Rasairio Rodriguez doing outreach to vulnerable Latino community members. Jan. 9. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Construction worker and Unidos En Salud volunteer Melitón Ruiz. Jan. 8, 2021. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Volunteers at work. Jan. 9, 2021. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Construction worker and Unidos En Salud volunteer Melitón Ruiz canvasses the neighborhood. Ja. 8, 2021 Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Outreach workers. Photo by Mike Kai Chen.
Photo by Mike Kai Chen.

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7 Comments

  1. How about mobilizing to get people to wear masks more (lack of them noted in several of the photos! older man in the maroon shirt, fellow with a red knit hat by the BART station–look carefully, etc)

  2. Yeah, the people not wearing masks in this photo concerns me. And it explains why covid is still spreading. I used to tell people to wear masks, and some would reply “I’m not sick”. It’s really ignorant of the nature of this virus. I wonder how so many people failed to understand the reasons for wearing a mask, or any barrier to slow the virus from spreading…

  3. amazingly, this photo essay speaks volumes, capturing the Mission’s unique mood, humanity, and compassion. Thank you Mike and Mission Local for telling complex stories through images as well as words.

  4. It took TEN MONTHS for this to happen. A mammoth failure by the city of San Francisco to do right by its citizens and, make no mistake, the abandonment of the Mission (and Hunter’s Point and the Tenderloin) is probably responsible in large part for the current surge.

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