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All state-supported coronavirus testing sites in Florida will temporarily close over concerns of Potential Tropical Cyclone 9, according to Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Testing sites are closing out of an abundance of caution to keep individuals operating and attending the sites safe. All sites have free standing structures including tents and other equipment, which cannot withstand tropical storm force winds, and could cause damage to people and property if not secured.

Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is expected to impact Florida with heavy rains and strong winds arriving to South Florida as early as Friday. The sites will remain closed until they are safe to reopen, with all sites anticipated to be reopened at the latest by 8 a.m., Wednesday, August 5.

Free COVID-19 testing remains available through local County Health Departments. Please call in advance for testing through County Health Department, contact information for all counties is available here.

As the storm passes through regions of the state, sites will reopen on a rolling basis to ensure Floridians are able to receive reliable and accessible COVID-19 testing. Testing site re-openings will be posted on FDEM’s social media. The Facebook page is available here and the Twitter page is available here.

Prior to testing sites closing, symptomatic Floridians are encouraged to receive a self-swab test at state-supported drive-thru testing sites. Symptomatic individuals will be prioritized and receive results within 72 hours. While sites are closed, individuals are encouraged to follow all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  and the recent Public Health Advisory issued by the Florida Department of Health.

Reopening dates of the testing sites will be announced on the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s social media accounts.


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This article was written by Melvin Vigo~ Melvin Vigo is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Program Director. He's a sucker for ice cream and a good Netflix show. When he's not working, he's probably napping, watching endless Tik Tok videos or at the dog beach. Because why not? You can connect with Melvin on Instagram @mr.hernanlugo