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Florida Department of Health launches pop-up COVID-19 testing site in St. Petersburg

Posted at 4:29 PM, May 02, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Nearly 200 people were able to take the coronavirus test right in their neighborhood Saturday morning.

This is part of the state’s new “pop-up” testing sites they started in Jacksonville two weeks ago. The goal is to get people in underserved communities tested.

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The first site for the Tampa Bay area opened at 8 a.m. at Bartlett Park in St. Petersburg. People with or without cars could stop by and get tested.

“We want to knock down as many barriers as possible for people getting test,” said Thomas Iovino.

Iovino is the spokesperson for the Florida Health Department in Pinellas County. The sites are a joint effort between the health department, the county and the city.

“I’m excited about this because I’ve been wanting to have this test done,” said Helen Davis.

Davis says she’s one of the people considered high risk. She’s been concerned because she couldn’t take the test, until now.

“I’m very afraid of this virus,” she said. “It doesn’t play with anybody.”

The date and time for the next pop-up testing site has not been posted just yet.

You can go to the health department’s website to check for the next location.