Michael Herce, MD, MPH

Michael Herce, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, and Amir Barzin, DO, assistant professor in the department of family medicine, were interviewed by the News & Observer while providing drive through testing in Lee County.

The article reported the testing event was the fifth that UNC has held in Sanford with the county and Piedmont Health Services since June. Herce told the N&O that “UNC decided to organize the events after large numbers of Latino workers from Chatham and Lee counties began showing up at the hospital in Chapel Hill with COVID-19 having not seen a doctor or been tested.”

Amir Barzin, DO

“It was really trying to get upstream of a problem that we saw in the hospital,” Herce said.

Hispanics make up about 10% of North Carolina’s population, but account for 38% of coronavirus cases in the state, according to DHHS. Herce said about a quarter of people UNC has tested in Sanford have been Hispanic and that 40% of them have been found to carry the virus.

Read the full article here.