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Why One Doctor In East Oakland Is Concerned We’re Reopening Too Soon

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Courtesy of Roots Community Health Center
Testing site at Roots Community Health Center in East Oakland.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this interview contained errors that have been corrected, below:

* When Dr. Noha Aboelata said the virus is "almost controlled within the white population" we didn't mention she was referring to HIV/AIDS, not COVID-19. We apologize for any confusion our error may have caused.

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The weather is warmer and many people are out protesting. But the coronavirus is still here and East Oakland remains a hot spot for COVID-19. Dr. Noha Aboelata of Roots Community Health Center is concerned that people are relaxing too fast.

"When we started testing and getting these numbers back that felt really alarming, is right when things started to reopen."

In this interview, Dr. Aboelata talks about why she’s concerned about the state opening up while COVID-19 cases are high in East Oakland, her thoughts on why she thinks people aren’t social distancing, contracting COVID-19 even when social distancing inside and when protestors should get tested.

Click the play button above to listen to the interview.

Roots Community Health Center in East Oakland has free COVID-19 testing for people who live and/or work in Alameda County. You don’t need an appointment. Call 311 or 510-533-1248. They’re also testing at their South Bay clinic. Call 408-490-4710.

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.