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Free testing site to open in Brandon as COVID positivity rates soar

The drive-thru site will offer tests daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
People line up for the walk-up COVID testing site at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. in Tampa, on Friday. Today, another testing site will open at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon campus.
People line up for the walk-up COVID testing site at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. in Tampa, on Friday. Today, another testing site will open at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon campus. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 9
Updated Jan. 10

As the omicron variant spreads across Florida, Hillsborough County is opening another free COVID-19 testing site.

Beginning Monday, free tests will be available at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon campus at 10451 Nancy Watkins Drive.

The testing site will be drive-thru, and no appointments will be needed to get a test, according to a news release from the county.

Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

To find the test site, take the community college entrance off of E Columbus Drive.

Related: READ MORE: Omicron out of control as 57,000 Floridians a day get COVID

The county already operates two other free testing sites at Progress Village Park on Progress Boulevard, and at the West Tampa Community Resource Center at 2103 N Rome Ave. in Tampa. Both sites are walk-up only, and are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Related: Tampa area public schools see surge in COVID cases

The city of Tampa has two free testing sites at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., and Al Barnes Park, 2902 N 32nd St. More information on those sites can be found at www.tampa.gov/emergency-management/COVID-19/get-tested.

Between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6, Florida averaged nearly 57,000 COVID-19 infections a day, according to a weekly report from the state Department of Health. That is the highest weekly infection rate during the 22-month pandemic.