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First Nations center holding free COVID testing event Saturday

Health care workers test people during a drive-thru session at the First Nations Community Health Source Center in Albuquerque in this May 9 file photo. The facility had cars lined for blocks through the neighborhood waiting to drive up to the parking lot for virus testing. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — First Nations Community HealthSource, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health and the city of Albuquerque, will offer free COVID-19 drive-thru testing for the International District on Saturday.

The testing will be offered at the clinic near Lomas and San Mateo NE. It is open to all community members and participants don’t need to have symptoms in order to be tested. People can arrive on bikes, in a car or on foot and don’t need to have insurance or an ID, according to a flier for the event.

This is the second mass testing event First Nations, New Mexico’s urban Indian health center, has held. The first one, on May 9, tested 248 people, said Dawn Begay, the native american affairs coordinator with office of equity and inclusion.

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