(PHOTOS) Clarkston distributes COVID-19 tests

Resident Johnny Scarebrook receives a “care packet” from Clarkston City Councilmember YT. Bell during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Clarkston, GA — The city of Clarkston held its first COVID-19 test distribution on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, giving out “care packets” containing two COVID-19 rapid tests, hand sanitizer, masks and information sheets to the 85 residents of Starnes Senior Residences.

“It was important for us to start here with our aging in place senior community to ensure that they have access to the test and to reduce exposure to themselves and their family members, but also to reduce any barriers to getting COVID-19 tests and just any preventative methods that we can provide to them to make sure they’re safe,”said Clarkston City Councilmember YT. Bell.

”The council and mayor took the initiative to allocate $100,000 for rapid testing for our city,” said Clarkston City Councilmember Debra Johnson. “We were aware that the (federal) government was going to roll out kits for free, but we saw an urgency in our community based on the fact that we have a senior center, and we have a refugee community.”

Johnson said the remainder of 3,780 COVID-19 rapid tests purchased will be distributed to residents in the coming months. Announcements with specifics will be made to the public on the city’s website (clarkstonga.gov) and on social media.

The city of Clarkston distributed “care packets” containing two COVID-19 rapid tests, hand sanitizer, masks and information to residents of Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
(l-r) Clarkston Economic Development Coordinator Dineta O’Hara, Clarkston City Councilmember Debra Johnson, Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks, Clarkston Interim City Manager Shawanna Qawiy and Clarkston City Councilmember YT. Bell distributed “care packets’ containing two COVID-19 rapid tests, hand sanitizer, masks and information to senior citizens at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Clarkston City Councilmember YT. Bell goes over information provided in the “care packets” with Stanley Weaver during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A resident talks with Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Stanley Weaver brings his neighbor Rawle Raymond to check in during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks goes over the contents of the “care packet” with resident Rawle Raymond during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Clarkston City Councilmember Debra Johnson talks with resident Lola Still during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Resident Charles Cloutier listens as Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks goes over the contents of his “care packet” during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks talks with resident Lorenzo Cisero during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Cisero, who explained he felt confused about what to do and not to do to stay safe, said, “It’s so good to see support coming down face to face and explaining things. I feel a lot more confident now.” Photo by Dean Hesse.
Resident Lorenzo Cisero picks up a “care packet” containing two COVID-19 rapid tests, hand sanitizer, masks and information during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
During the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, property manager Cynthia said, “It’s fantastic Clarkston is looking out for its residents. I really do appreciate them coming by.” Photo by Dean Hesse
Clarkston Economic Development Coordinator Dineta O’Hara, front right, and Clarkston City Councilmember YT. Bell put out “care packets” containing two COVID-19 rapid tests, hand sanitizer, masks and information for residents of Starnes Senior Residences during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Clarkston City Councilmember Debra Johnson delivers a “care packet” to a resident’s apartment during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Clarkston City Councilmember Debra Johnson, on left, and Mayor Beverly Burks go over information included in the “care packets” with a resident during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Resident Stanley Weaver holds his “care packet” during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Weaver said, “Clarkston, they just take such good care of us. They make sure seniors as well as people in the community are taken care of.” Photo by Dean Hesse.
Resident Lola Still reacts with Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks as she receives her “care packet” during the city of Clarkston’s COVID-19 test distribution at Starnes Senior Residences on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

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