Los Angeles Crisis Pregnancy Centers Offer Free COVID-19 Tests to Women in Areas With High Concentration of Coronavirus

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Crisis pregnancy centers in L.A., which offer free or heavily discounted abortion services, are offering free COVID-19 tests to women who live in areas where there is a high concentration of the virus.

Some of those clinics have been serving patients in the areas affected by the virus, including downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, but the Department of Public Health is trying to reach out to more patients in those areas.

In other parts of the city, free or heavily discounted abortion services continue. There are also three crisis pregnancy centers offering tests.

Abortion clinic and crisis pregnancy center in South Pasadena offer free COVID-19 test to women

One of those centers is on the corner of Vermont and Colorado streets in South Pasadena, a neighborhood that is home to about 25,000 people.

Downtown Los Angeles, which is where most of the coronavirus cases are located, is also home to more than 6,000 medical professionals. The clinic closest to downtown is the Center for Reproductive Health, which has a satellite clinic in a tent set up at Los Angeles International Airport. It has had nearly two dozen COVID-19 tests available in its two clinics this week, said spokeswoman Laura Foulkes.

In the San Gabriel Valley, the three crisis pregnancy centers in that area have taken the extra step of requesting samples from everyone who lives there, and has sent them to a lab operated by a health care company that has tested many patients for COVID-19.

A test can take only about 15 to 20 minutes, Foulkes said, but the companies involved with testing are also working to process the samples in a shorter time.

One crisis pregnancy center, which offers both free and heavily discounted abortion services, has opened its doors to test for COVID-19.

The center on Vermont Street in South Pasadena has tested more than 2,500 people. Because residents live in a neighborhood that is home to more than 25,000 people, that means more people will get a test.

Pasadena’s most dangerous area near the University of Southern California, where a woman tested positive for coronavirus, is the South San Gabriel Valley area, so the tests will be available there too.

That will be helpful for South Pasadena residents who have been trying to stay connected to the

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