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Hillsborough County’s newest coronavirus testing sites see large crowds

Officials expected to administer 500 covid-19 tests at two new testing sites. Instead, over 2,000 tests were administered overall.
Nurse Elizabeth Attar holds up a COVID-19 test collection kit at a testing site in Tampa in April 2020. Two new testing sites opened in Hillsborough County on Saturday.
Nurse Elizabeth Attar holds up a COVID-19 test collection kit at a testing site in Tampa in April 2020. Two new testing sites opened in Hillsborough County on Saturday. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Aug. 7, 2021

Hillsborough County’s two newest COVID-19 testing sites opened Saturday to larger than expected crowds, administering over double the anticipated number of tests, according to a news release from the county’s Emergency Operations Center.

The two free testing sites opened Saturday in response to the rising number of recent cases due to the delta variant. Hillsborough County previously stated that 500 tests would be available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the demand for testing was so high at each site on Saturday that the County administered over 2,000 tests overall.

No appointments are needed at these sites, located at Palm River Park Community Center, 725 S. 58th St., and at the Code Enforcement Complex at 1101 E. 139th Ave. in Tampa. However, officials urged residents to come prepared with water in anticipation of potentially long wait times. The two sites will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Both sites are walk-in sites, and the release noted that lines may continue to be long all week.

A person desiring a COVID-19 test should bring a photo ID with their name and date of birth, along with their health insurance card. Those without insurance can still be tested for free.

Rapid tests are being administered at these sites, and PCR tests are available upon request.

The tests are taking place indoors, and face masks will be required except when the tests are being administered.

For more information, visit HCFLGov.net/COVIDTesting. Residents without digital access may call (813) 272-5900, the County’s main information line. For other testing options, go to FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov/testing-sites.

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