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A megachurch has nearly 1,000 people tested for coronavirus in two days

Mar 19, 2020

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

On Sunday, Alabama’s largest church stopped its in-person worship services. By Tuesday, it started hosting drive-through coronavirus tests in one of its parking lots.

In the span of just two days, doctors in Birmingham tested 977 people from across the state by using the parking lot and volunteers from Church of the Highlands, according to Dr. Robert Record, who is helping to lead the effort. The drive-through effort at one of America’s largest churches is part of a larger nationwide push for more information about coronavirus as more testing locations began to pop up this week.

The number of confirmed cases for coronavirus in Alabama as of Tuesday was 39, 21 of which were in Jefferson County where Church of the Highlands is located, according to AL.com. On Tuesday, the testing at the church confirmed eight positive coronavirus cases, Record said. With testing still in short supply but in high demand, patients must have symptoms to be tested.

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