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Actor Sean Penn Helps Launch Free, Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing Site In San Jose

In it’s fight against COVID-19, San Jose is getting a helping hand from Oscar-winning actor and humanitarian Sean Penn.

Penn’s nonprofit organization, Community Organized Relief Effort,  has teamed up with Roots Community Health Center to open a free walk-up COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Antioch Baptist Church at 268 E. Julian Street here in San Jose.

The site is open to all whether or not they are experiencing symptoms or have any preexisting conditions. There is also no requirement for insurance or documentation.

“Not everyone says access to a car. Walk-up allows access, and we believe that this helps us fulfill our mission of leaving no person behind,” said Roots co-founder Aquil Naji. “Everybody deserves the kindness and services we provide.”

The site is open every Wednesday from 10am-3pm, weather permitting. However, due to the popular demand of testing, Naji said testing at the site may expand to other days of the week.

Penn has helped set up more than a dozen COVID-19 testing sites across the country since the pandemic first began, including in Chicago, Los Angeles and Oakland.


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