By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Managing Editor

About 100 residents of the 3rd and 5th Councilmanic districts lined up at Morningstar Community center and St. James United Methodist churches on Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22 for COVID-19 testing, which was free of charge. On Friday, April 24, testing will take place at Second Baptist church, located at 3620 east 39th street.

The testing was done by Truman Medical center after receiving a $500,000 grant to test Jackson County residents who
showed symptoms of the coronavirus. The tests were free.

“After the numbers started coming out about the affects the virus is having on the black community Truman Medical
center personnel reached out to community leaders in the 3rd and 5th Districts and set out a testing plan,” Truman
personnel said.

About 70 people drove through the Center on Tuesday and about 15 came through St. James last week for the screening.

According to data released by the city’s Health department 44 percent of the people in Kansas City who have tested
positive for the virus are African American compared to 34 percent white. Hispanics make up 14 percent and about 3
percent race is unknown.

In Jackson County a total of 312 reported cases; Clay county has 88 reported cases; Platte county has a total of 32
reported cases.

There are 13 reported deaths that have been connected to the corona virus in the area.