Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave [Photos: David Kramer 12/17]
Earlier today, when at the Brighton Memorial Library, I saw lines of vehicles stretched out on Elmwood Avenue, veering like a string of beads into Temple B’rith Kodesh.
As I followed the train of cars and vans, I encountered people — all conscientious citizens — who had registered for rapid Covid-19 tests, so rapid that results are determined in less than 30 minutes.
As seen in Monroe County to Partner with Local Municipalities on Community COVID-19 Testing Initiative, the Temple has kindly opened its doors for testing from 2- 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursday at least through December.
Inside the Temple, I watched health professionals in light blue gowns and wearing face shields meticulously pre-arrange syringes and informational material and collect samples, each time spending time to explain the procedures. As importantly, everyone was reassured that if tested positive, the county would offer support, whether it be contact tracing to protect others or monitoring the health of those who might quarantine.
There, I met a Monroe County staff member working to smoothly choreograph the traffic of testers and testees. I was eager to publicize the testings, but worried that my pictures of the packed entrance and parking lot could discourage people.
As he looked at vehicles inching forward, the staff member responded that long lines on a snowy day is a good problem to have. Long lines on a snowy day showed that the community cares about its health — individually and collectively. An even bigger problem would be no lines at all.
So, if you feel you are in any way at risk, please register for the test. And, thanks Temple B’rith Kodesh for hosting.
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