Beyonce continues to be a staple figure in the effort to combat COVID-19.
The superstar singer has joined force with her mom Tina Knowles Lawson in a bid to support their hometown of Houston in the battle against coronavirus.
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By way of her BeyGOOD initiative, the singer is sponsoring Lawson’s #IDIDMYPART movement – which will provide mobile testing for the coronavirus in the Texan city over Mother’s Day weekend (May 9th.
Speaking on the move, Lawson said in a statement:
“The virus is wreaking havoc on the Black community so we need a movement to prioritize our health.
We are all in this together. But we have to look at what is happening in our Black and Brown communities and how they are being decimated by COVID-19. It is critical that we stay vigilant with social distancing, wearing a mask, and most of all getting tested. If you don’t get tested then you don’t know if you are a carrier of the virus. Being asymptomatic is how you infect your entire household and those around you, the very people you love. We have got to go to these free testing facilities and find out our status.”
Administered by United Memorial Medical Center, this weekend’s effort will provide 1,000 test kits, face masks, gloves, essential vitamins and household supplies to citizens of Houston. Testing is free and will be administered under safe conditions as participants will never have to exit their vehicles.
Supported by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, the May 8th and May 9th #IDIDMYPART testing will see those tested also receive grocery and restaurant gift cards
On Friday, May 8th, United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) Healthcare staff will administer 500 COVID-19 tests in Houston’s 3rd Ward at Cullen Middle School, located at 6900 Scott Street, Houston, Texas 77021. Testing will take place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
On Saturday, May 9th, an additional 500 tests will be administered again by UMMC, this time in North Houston at Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell, Houston, Texas 77016. Testing will also take place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The news comes after Beyonce teamed with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate $6 million to the coronavirus relief effort.