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Florida closes all state-run coronavirus tests sites this weekend due to tropical system

The tropical cyclone is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Isaias as it approaches Florida, and the Tampa Bay region.

All state-run COVID-19 testing sites in Florida will close Friday through Tuesday because of the approaching tropical system in the Caribbean Sea, the Division of Emergency Management announced Wednesday.

The order was issued in an email sent Wednesday to test site managers, according to WCTV-TV, saying that all sites will close at the end of business Thursday and will re-open on Tuesday — so long as there isn’t storm significant damage from what forecasters expect will soon develop into Tropical Storm Isaias.

Related: Florida adds more than 200 coronavirus deaths, a new record

The system, named Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine as of Wednesday afternoon, is currently moving northwest through the Caribbean. It is expected to pass Puerto Rico by Wednesday night. It is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm on Thursday, then pass over or near Cuba on Friday.

If the current track holds — though forecasters warn much could change in the next few days — it could reach the Tampa Bay region on Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The order only applies to state-run testing sites. The Florida Department of Health has a county-by-county guide of local testing sites for Tampa Bay, which can be found here.

The state-run sites that will be closing this weekend in Tampa Bay are:

Hillsborough County

  • Lee Davis Community Resource Center, 3402 N 22nd St., Tampa
  • South Shore Community Resource Center 201 14th Ave., Ruskin

Pasco County

  • Home Depot, 1315 U.S. 19 N, Holiday

Pinellas County

  • Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theatre, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg

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