Volunteer clinical staff dedicated time to their schedules on Saturday to provide free rapid tests for COVID-19, thanks to a partnership between the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition and North Omaha Area Health. Beau Boryca leads the coalition’s behavioral health team. “Obviously, this is a drive-thru test, but we’re also open to walk-in tours, and the tests are available to anyone in the community,” Boryca said. “I don’t want to give the impression that it’s specific to a population. It is open to everyone in the public. “The mission of the coalition is to help urban aboriginals and other underserved populations,” said Boryca. “According to the CDC, Indigenous peoples are at a higher risk of COVID-19.” In a study conducted from January to June 2020, the CDC reported that Native Americans were 3.5 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than their white counterparts. Overall, 35% of Native Americans who died from COVID-19 were under the age of 60, compared to 6.3% of deaths among …
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