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Hillsborough County to reopen coronavirus testing sites

The move comes after some residents reported appointment wait times of up to three days.
In this June 30, 2020, file photo, cars line up outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for COVID-19 testing. Hillsborough County will open two free COVID-19 testing sites starting Saturday, as the number of cases in the area increase due to the delta variant, according to a county Emergency Operations Center news release issued Tuesday evening.
In this June 30, 2020, file photo, cars line up outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for COVID-19 testing. Hillsborough County will open two free COVID-19 testing sites starting Saturday, as the number of cases in the area increase due to the delta variant, according to a county Emergency Operations Center news release issued Tuesday evening. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Aug. 4

Hillsborough County will open two free COVID-19 testing sites starting Saturday, as the number of cases in the area increase due to the delta variant, according to a county Emergency Operations Center news release issued Tuesday evening.

The sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week at 1101 E. 139th Ave. in Tampa and the Palm River Park Community Center at 725 S. 58th St. in Tampa.

Each day, 500 tests will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not necessary and the testing is free. Those looking to get tested should bring a photo ID with their name and their date of birth, such as a driver’s license, state-issued ID or passport, along with their health insurance card. Those without insurance will still be able to get tested for free.

Rapid tests will be administered at both sites, with PCR tests available upon request. The testing will take place indoors, and masks are required — except for when the test is being administered.

“While there are many private COVID-19 testing locations available in Hillsborough County, the County is opening the two temporary sites out of an abundance of caution and to enhance community testing capabilities,” the release said, noting that some residents reported wait times of up to three days to get tested.

Information about the county testing sites can be accessed at HCFLGov.net/COVIDTesting or by calling the county’s main information line at (813) 272-5900.

Other testing options can be found at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov/testing-sites. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.