Roanoke Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated spends MLK Day giving out COVID-19 tests


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Gamma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated gave out more than 100 tests for COVID-19 on Monday at Goodwill Industries along Melrose Avenue in Roanoke.

President of the Lambda Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Sherman Lea, Jr., explained that this was the perfect location to reach Roanoke’s minority community.

“Just make sure that we get access, we wanted to put it out there to the community to say ‘hey, we need to get everyone tested who needs to get tested, regardless of if you have any symptoms tonight, just come get tested, and know your status,'” he said.

Many who came said this was their first time being tested. Location was the number one reason folks said they came out on Monday, Jan. 18.

Carolyn Glover whose husband is a member of the fraternity explained that this testing is not just to keep herself safe, but her loved ones, too.

“You can be asymptomatic and not know it and spread it to other people. It’s better to know, and that way you can quarantine and hopefully not spread it to anyone else.”

The event started at 11 a.m. and lasted until 2 p.m.

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