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Free Coronavirus, HIV Testing In Little Village On Tuesday

Testing will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the parking lot of La Catedral Cafe and Restaurant.

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LITTLE VILLAGE — Nonprofit CALOR is offering free coronavirus and HIV tests Tuesday in Little Village.

Testing will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the parking lot of La Catedral Cafe and Restaurant, 3344 W. 26th St.

No ID, insurance or appointment is necessary for the event organized in partnership with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Healthy Hood Chicago and Increase the Peace.

The event will also offer free lunch from La Catedral and Tamborazo El Granero.

In the last month, the groups have partnered on similar testing pop-ups in Black and Brown neighborhoods throughout the South and West Sides.

Chicago neighborhoods with large Latino populations have been among the hardest hit during the pandemic. The Latino community at one point had the highest proportion of positive coronavirus cases in Illinois.  

In May, the 60623 ZIP code, which includes Little Village and North Lawndale, had the highest number of coronavirus cases of any ZIP code in the state with 1,596 people testing positive. Nearly 4,100 people in the ZIP code have tested positive for the virus, according to the most recent state data.

WBEZ analysis identified the ZIP code as having the highest case rate of COVID-19 infections in Chicago and the highest number of deaths. 

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Last week, Telpochcalli and a coalition of 40 organizations launched Cuidar Nuestro Tesoro, an awareness campaign aimed at preventing further spread among the predominately Latino community in Little Village.

The campaign aims to provide accurate and preventive tips to help the community protect their family from the virus.

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