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Hillsborough County to close 3 coronavirus public testing sites

Officials say demand for testing is dropping. Six sites, including Raymond James Stadium, remain open.

TAMPA — Hillsborough County is closing three of its COVID-19 public testing sites because of dwindling demand.

The Town 'N Country site at Tampa Family Health Centers, 12085 W. Hillsborough Ave., has already been closed, the county announced Thursday evening.

People who had previously scheduled appointments at that site may go to any of the county’s other public testing locations without an appointment, officials said.

Related: COVID-19 may surge in Hillsborough, Southwest Florida, thermometer data indicates

Two other locations will close next week. The last day for testing at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center will be Wednesday.

Then next weekend, the testing site at the SouthShore Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE in Ruskin, will close Sept. 26, a Saturday. The change also will allow the clinic and resource center at SouthShore to ramp up its regular operations not related to the pandemic, said Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Tim Dudley.

Public use of the county’s testing sites has dropped considerably and on some days hovering at less than 20 percent of capacity, officials said. Last week, the county said it averaged 354 tests each day — down 19 percent from the previous week.

Related: Florida added 3,255 coronavirus cases and 147 deaths Thursday

"We continue to see a low demand for testing,'' Dudley told county commissioners Thursday.

Hillsborough has conducted more than 106,000 tests at its public testing sites, which accounts for about 25 percent of the total testing performed in the county.

The county’s other testing sites will remain open: Raymond James Stadium, the Lee Davis Community Resource Center and the University of South Florida Health Therapy Building in Tampa; the Plant City Community Resource Center; the Suncoast Community Health Center in Brandon; and the Wimauma Opportunity Center. For information on operating hours, call (888) 513-6321.

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