On March 31, 2020, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. greeted workers setting up the new mobile testing site based out of Co-Op City that will help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mobile testing site will provide tests prioritizing symptomatic individuals who had close exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, including health care workers and first responders, as well as those working in or having recently visited a nursing home.
The center is will be open Monday through Sunday, from 8am – 6pm, by appointment only. To get an appointment, Bronxites can call 1-888-364-3065.
“This mobile testing site is key in detecting COVID-19 not only among our most vulnerable communities but also among those putting their life on the line in the war against this virus,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I want to thank Governor Cuomo, State Senator Bailey, State Assembly Member Benedetto, and all these brave individuals on the front line, testing our Bronx residents, health care workers, and first responders.”
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. partnered with FreshDirect and PitcCCh In Foundation to provide meals for families in need, at the Belmont Community Community Center.
Borough President Diaz Jr. was joined by Amber and CC Sabathia, founders of the PitcCCh In Foundation, and Larry Scott Blackmon, Vice President of Public Affairs for FreshDirect, handed out packages of free groceries to parents, in front of the community center, which recently ceased operations due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.
The community outreach is part of the “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive,” FreshDirect’s initiative to provide free groceries to New York City’s most vulnerable communities having trouble access to groceries during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Borough President Diaz Jr. was able to secure meals for Catholic Charities’ food pantries throughout The Bronx and for Part Of The Solution (POTS) to bolster their resources.
“I want to thank FreshDirect for being a lifeline to so many in this critical moment,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “As the world comes together to fight the spread of COVID-19, FreshDirect is really stepping up to the plate, supporting our trusted partners; such as PitcCCh In, Part Of The Solution and Catholic Charities; providing vital services to our most vulnerable communities in their time of most need.”