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Bartlett Park hosts COVID-19 testing for people in cars and walk-ups

Local workers on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus get support from a neighborhood association providing community residents with free testing.

Residents of the Bartlett Park area of St. Petersburg took advantage of a free COVID-19 testing site at the Frank R. Pierce Center on Saturday. A dual drive-up and a single walk-up station kept people moving along without long waits. Approximately 130 people were tested. The mobile site was coordinated by the Florida Department of Health Pinellas County in partnership with the Bartlett Park Neighborhood Association and St. Pete Fire & Rescue. Testing also is available weekdays during business hours at department headquarters, 205 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N. For additional information on available mobile testing sites, check http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov

Signs and cones make for easy navigation to the walk-up testing station. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Cars line up at a COVID-19 testing site at the Frank R. Pierce Center at Bartlett Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
John Foss, left, a nurse with the Pinellas County School Board, and Dr. Pedro Lense with the Florida Department of Health Pinellas prepare to administer COVID-19 tests. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Officials estimated approximately 130 people were tested Saturday. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Dr. Lense prepares to administer his last COVID-19 test of the day. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Bartlett Park is in South St. Petersburg, between 22nd Avenue S and 4th Street S and 18th Avenue S and 7th Street S. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Foss said he was honored to work on COVID-19 testing. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Separate registration stations for walk-up and mobile participants help with workflow. [ BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]

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