Op-Ed: Already Cash-Strapped Community Clinics Struggle to Access Enough COVID-19 Tests

At the periphery of the healthcare industry are community health centers, the safety net for vulnerable populations and the uninsured, many of whom are racial and ethnic minorities with multiple serious health issues. Yet these centers are struggling to maintain equitable access for the people they serve. When a patient comes into a health center like ours and is presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, they cannot be tested at our facilities. Instead they must be referred to the already impacted Santa Clara County-run hospitals.

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