Inweekly has heard from medical professionals concern about low numbers of the African American community in Escambia County taking advantage of the drive-thru and standalone testing sites for the COVID-19 virus. We had Political Matrix poll of 617 African American voters in the county last Friday to find out their opinions on the virus, testing and social distancing.
The survey found 73.3% had not been tested for Covid 19 and out of those not tested, only 39.6% would like to be.
Have you been tested for the coronavirus?
If no, would you like to be tested for Covid 19?
Then, we asked those who hadn’t been test why. We found 43.8% were either not concerned about COVID-19 (12.4%) or believed they weren’t at risk (31.4%). We found another 45.2% had concerns about the screening process (21.7%) or the testing site (23.5%).
Why have you not been tested yet? Your choices are, I am not concerned, the screening process is difficult or a problem, the location of testing sites and their hours, or do not think I am at risk.
I am not concerned
|Testing site concerns||106||23.5%|
|Don’t think I am risk||142||31.4%|
We also asked those who hadn’t been tested did they know the locations and hours of the testing sites. Nearly two-thirds did not.
We asked all the respondents if they knew someone who has been infected or hospitalized as the result of COVID-19. One out of five said they did.
The vast majority said they were practicing social distancing.
Are you practicing social distancing as a method of not being infected with Coronavirus Covid 19?
The persons sampled were African American voters Escambia County District 2 and 3.The voters called had cell phones and landlines and were called using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system during the hours of 5-8 p.m. on April 17, 2020. The Margin of Error for this study is +/ 2.5% with a confidence level of 95%.