COVID-19 and Homelessness
Sonora Quest Laboratories donated 300 tests to Community Solutions, a national nonprofit that supports local efforts to end homelessness, to support efforts to test people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. Circle the City, a federally qualified health center that provides care for the homeless population, has been administering the tests and undertaking further assessments. Community Bridges, Inc, a homeless service provider that has ensured transportation for individuals tested and, working with other community partners, to engage individuals and develop housing plans for permanent housing for individuals being tested or in alternative care facilities.
Expanded COVID-19 Testing for Arizona’s Long-Term Care Facilities with up to 25,000 Tests Planned
Sonora Quest Laboratories has expanded services for COVID-19 diagnostic swab and antibody serology testing at 147 long-term care (LTC) facilities in Arizona, and will conduct up to 25,000 tests statewide. Given the urgency and vulnerability of this patient population and the healthcare staff that serve them, Sonora Quest strategically sought out community partnerships with Arizona Health Care Association (AHCA), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Governor’s office to ramp up testing and help alleviate the strain on the state’s LTC facilities. Sonora Quest will perform testing at their Tempe-based lab. Results will be reported to the facilities directly, as well as to ADHS, and are anticipated to be available within 5 to 7 days from collection.
CVS MinuteClinic COVID-19 Testing Partnership
In collaboration with Quest Diagnostics, Sonora Quest Laboratories has partnered with CVS Health to launch drive-thru testing for SARS-CoV-2 via their MinuteClinics, using pharmacists to oversee self-collected nasal swab specimens. CVS is now offering drive-thru testing at 49 locations in Arizona. The collected samples are then sent to Sonora Quest Laboratories to perform testing. The testing efforts are part of a plan at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide temporary drive-thru testing in COVID-19 hot spots.
Sonora Quest Laboratories Performs COVID-19 Testing for Lake Havasu, AZ – Saturday, May 16, 2020
In an effort to increase COVID-19 testing statewide Sonora Quest Laboratories held another successful COVID-19 testing blitz on Saturday, May 16, 2020 for Lake Havasu and the surrounding communities. Testing was performed on 376 patients during the 5 hour site operation that ran from 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. The Lake Havasu City testing site would not have been possible without the huge support from the local community. Various organizations including; Lake Havasu City fire and police department, Lake Havasu City Aquatic center, donations from Home Depot in Bullhead as well as Lowes in Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City; rallied to show their support and commitment to a safer and healthier Arizona.
Sonora Quest Laboratories Performs COVID-19 Testing for Bullhead City, AZ – Saturday, May 9, 2020
In an effort to increase COVID-19 testing statewide Sonora Quest Laboratories held another successful COVID-19 testing blitz on Saturday, May 9, 2020 for Bullhead City and the surrounding communities. Testing was performed on nearly 500 patients during the 5 hour site operation that ran from 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. We were happy to serve the community and we're thankful to our partners such as the Anderson Auto Group Field House and Colorado River Union High School District (CRUHSD), in addition to the local Home Depot and Lowes.
Sonora Quest Laboratories Performs COVID-19 Testing for Colorado River Indian Tribes, Parker, AZ – Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Sonora Quest’s goal was to ensure testing for essential workers and first-responders of the Colorado Indian River Tribes. We were very pleased to hold the event in the beautiful Colorado River Indian Tribes Community Center gymnasium and delighted that the event operated very smoothly. Testing was performed on 241 patients during the 6 hour site operation that ran from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Our practiced employees were happy to assist in the effort to keep Arizonan’s working! Sonora Quest Laboratories is committed to statewide community engagement for COVID-19 testing and we hope to return to Parker within the next two weeks to provide more COVID-19 testing for the Colorado River Indian Tribes employees.
Sonora Quest Laboratories Performs COVID-19 Testing in Kingman, AZ – Saturday, May 2, 2020
As part of the Governor Ducey’s and the Arizona Department of Health Services’ “Arizona Testing Blitz,” Sonora Quest offered COVID-19 testing to communities around the state for the shared goal of increasing COVID-19 testing statewide. Testing was performed on nearly 500 patients during the 6 hour site operation that ran from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. We're thankful to our partners such as the Mohave County Sheriff's Office for being a great partner during the event and helping in making it possible.