Sedgwick County has lifted quarantine measures and placed no restrictions on businesses or individuals after Gov. Kelly returned power to the counties in both planning for and responding to COVID-19 – but African-Americans have been disparately impacted through coronavirus illness and death across the country and the community in Wichita and across Sedgwick County face similar risks.
In the spirit of being solution focused, The Wichita Black Alliance seeks to address the needs of the African-American community in Sedgwick County by offering testing and mask distribution throughout the summer and have partnered with the following organizations and events to achieve that goal.
Testing for COVID-19 and/or free masks will be available in the following locations and at the following events:
HealthCore Clinic will offer free drive up/walk up testing (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) Monday through Friday during the month of June while supplies last at their clinic located at 2707 E 21st N., Wichita, KS 67214. Appointments can be made by contacting HealthCore at 316-691-0249.
The Center will offer free masks to churches located in 67214 zip code Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 3:00pm during the month of June. Each church will be limited to a maximum of 100 masks while supplies last. Churches can pick up masks at 1914 E 11th St N Building B, Wichita, KS 67214.
Books and Breakfast Junteenth Edition will offer free testing and masks to the public on Saturday June 13, 2020 at St. Paul AME Church located at 1756 N Piatt Ave, Wichita, KS 67214. The event will be held from 10:00am until noon and tests and masks will be available while supplies last.
Holy Savior Catholic Church will offer free testing and masks to the public on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 3000 E. 13th St N., Wichita, KS 67214. Tests and masks are available from noon until 2:00PM and while supplies last.
The Greater Wichita Ministerial League will offer free testing and masks to the public during its voter registration drive being held on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at St. Mark United Methodist Church located at 1525 N Lorraine, Wichita, KS 67214. Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab will be in attendance. The registration drive will occur from 5:00PM until 7:30PM. Tests and masks will be available while supplies last.
Wichita Black Alliance member Presiding Elder Terrill Florence of the Wichita/Sedgwick County Council of Elders said, “Right now is a time of uncertainty and discomfort in our nation for Black people. As millions around the world protest racial injustice, our world continues to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and new infections are on the rise. We must come together during this time and keep each other safe and I’m confident that our alliance will serve as a guiding light, not only for justice, but for our health.”