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Dr. Damon Kimes and Jamal Bryant Team up to Provide COVID-19 Testing and Relief
The Married to Medicine and RHOPsignificant others are doing their part to help the Atlanta area.
Dr. Heavenly Kimes' husband, Dr. Damon Kimes, teamed up with Gizelle Bryant's partner, Jamal Bryant, to get people tested for coronavirus (COVID-19). Dr. Damon, a pain medicine specialist with a practice in Roswell, Georgia, brought his Georgia Know Your Status COVID-19 mobile testing initiative to Jamal's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia on Saturday, August 22.
Dr. Heavenly was right by her husband's side as they got people tested for COVID-19. "Prevention is key with everything," the Married to Medicine dentist said in an interview with CBS46 at the event. "I mean, we do have a big spike in Georgia, so the only way to stop that is everybody getting tested so they can know they got it so they can self-quarantine."
Dr. Damon also said at the event that they had more than 1,000 tests available with access to even more to serve everyone who stopped by the testing site. Hundreds ultimately ended up being tested at the New Birth event, according to a post from Dr. Heavenly on Instagram.
"We want to change the world, and changing the world right now means knowing your status," Dr. Damon said at the event, as captured in a video on Dr. Heavenly's Instagram. "We're here to help people and fight the disease."
Georgia Know Your Status has tested thousands of patients for COVID-19 since its launch in late June, according to a press release announcing the event at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. "We are making progress, but our work is not done!" Dr. Damon said in a statement. "We are making great impact and, we want to activate all our resources to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Testing will lead to quick identification of cases, quick treatment, and immediate isolation to prevent further spread of this virus."
The testing coincided with the return of the church's weekly food drive after a two-week hiatus, according to CBS46. "As our nation and world responds to this pandemic, it is important to support those families and individuals who may have limited access to healthcare, are reliant on school meals for nourishment and don't have the luxury to stock up on needed items due to unexpected financial hardships," Jamal said in the press release announcing the event.
Jamal and Gizelle's twin daughters, Angel and Adore, previously assisted their dad at the food drive, which has helped feed 8,000 families, according to the pastor.
Dr. Damon shared in a conversation with Jamal on August 20 that Dr. Heavenly is also doing her part to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. "My wife is doing a program where she's gonna be giving out tablets to children so they can go back to school and be able to get online and have their classes," Dr. Damon shared. "So I'm excited about that."
The Married to Medicine husband also opened up about why it's so important for him to get involved. "My thing was, I was gonna do my part. I didn't want to sit back," Dr. Damon said. "Regardless of who opens the door, I'm gonna do what I need to do, and I'm gonna touch as many lives as I can."