Pastor Jamal Bryant gives free coronavirus tests at the Mother’s Day event on Sunday

Pastor Jamal Bryant. | Screenshot: Facebook

Just over a month after offering minority coronavirus tests for $ 150 each at an event he was forced to cancel, Pastor Jamal Bryant, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, now offers the samples free of charge to anyone who needs it if they show up at his church on Mother’s Day.

“You don’t have to be a member of our church, you don’t have to be a member of a church, all you have to do is be part of humanity,” Bryant said in a Facebook Live Message Tuesday evening. “I want you to pick up your mom on Sunday, bring your dad, bring your aunt, bring whatever you are interested in to a newborn on Sunday from 6 p.m. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 15 “

In early April, Bryant announced he had canceled a two-day drive through event that would have seen up to 1,000 people being tested for coronavirus for a $ 150 fee at his church in Lithonia, Georgia.

He said he was contacted by a Florida lab that wanted to partner with his church to provide coronavirus test kits and had reached an agreement with RoweDocs and Oakhurst health clinics to provide the tests. The process for obtaining a test at New Birth would have involved a pre-screening to be performed by Rowe Docs for a $ 25 fee, followed by an additional cost of $ 125 each for the coronavirus test.

Bryant, who said he had canceled the April event to remain in compliance with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter order was also under heavy criticism online for charging the tests. Coronavirus testing is mostly free, as current legislation forces health insurers and employers to cover the costs of healthcare providers for screening at no cost. However, there may still be costs if a test is returned negative, The Wall Street journal previously reported.

From April 24, Kemp made the nation’s biggest push to reopen in the country as he gave the greenlight to barbershops, gyms, lounges and massage therapists to reopen. Restaurants and cinemas followed on April 27, while the state’s home-living order expired on April 30. Kemp urged residents at risk to stay home until at least mid-June.

Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed 30,602 cases of coronavirus in the state at. 12.25. Wednesday, at. 710 from Tuesday at. 25.7. A further 11 deaths were also reported overnight, pushing coronavirus deaths in the state to 1,306.

While lamenting Kemp’s move to reopen businesses and pointing to Georgia’s infection numbers, Bryant warned those planning to be tested in his church to prepare to be patient in potentially long lines. All tests are completed and are expected to last between four to five minutes.

“I’m excited because Atlantans, especially the Black Atlantic, are sadly under-served. As well as I am grateful to partner … both our partners MAJL [Diagnostic] Laboratories and RoweDocs, both of these companies are owned and operated by black women, ”he said.