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Healthcare provider helps to curb spread of COVID-19

MD Now donates thousands of rapid test kits to local nonprofit

MD Now donates COVID-19 tests to local nonprofit The Agape Network. From L-R: Tiffany Montero, Agape; Elizabeth Smith, MD Now; Vanessa Rincon, Agape; Giselle Fonseca, MD Now; Gaby Varga, Agape; Claudio Perez, President and CEO of Agape Network; Reverend Jose Hernandez, Agape; Nicole Ernst, Agape; Kathy Arnold, Agape
MD Now donates COVID-19 tests to local nonprofit The Agape Network. From L-R: Tiffany Montero, Agape; Elizabeth Smith, MD Now; Vanessa Rincon, Agape; Giselle Fonseca, MD Now; Gaby Varga, Agape; Claudio Perez, President and CEO of Agape Network; Reverend Jose Hernandez, Agape; Nicole Ernst, Agape; Kathy Arnold, Agape (Courtesy photo)

It’s an essential commodity in the age of COVID-19. MD Now, the largest urgent care provider in Florida, donated 5,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits to The Agape Network.

The Agape Network is a faith-based, nationally accredited community health center headquartered in Southwest Miami-Dade County. Its mission is to restore women, children and families to psychological, social, physical and spiritual health. Since Agape provides residential inpatient and outpatient services, it needed the rapid tests to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep the families they serve safe.

“We are a community-focused company, and our goal is to keep as many people healthy as we can,” said Dr. Jeffrey Collins, MD Now’s Chief Medical Officer. “When we learned how Agape could use the rapid tests in areas they serve, we were more than happy to help.”

The rapid COVID-19 test, also called an antigen test, detects proteins from the virus which causes COVID-19. With a rapid test, patients can get their results in 15 minutes or less. Early detection can reduce viral spread and determine who is most infectious to quickly follow necessary precautions.

“We are so grateful to MD Now for these testing kits,” said Claudio Perez, President and CEO of Agape. “Donations like this will allow us to save lives.”

Agape means unconditional love, and it’s the model more than 150 staff members follow to provide care to the whole person.  More than 1,000 children and families receive weekly services through Agape’s diverse programs. For more information, visit agapenetwork.org.

MD Now has 56 locations across Florida. They are open 365 days a year, including holidays, and patients are generally seen in an hour or less. For more information, visit MyMDNOW.com.


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