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All state-supported COVID-19 testing sites temporarily closing ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias

Sites will temporarily close at 5 p.m. on Thursday
Posted at 6:02 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 09:57:17-04

Ahead of the impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that all state-supported COVID-19 testing sites will temporarily close at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

"Testing sites are closing out of an abundance of caution to keep individuals operating and attending the sites safe," the FDEM said in a press release. "All sites have freestanding structures including tents and other equipment, which cannot withstand tropical storm-force winds, and could cause damage to people and property if not secured.

The testing sites, according to FDEM, "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."

MAP: Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in the Tampa Bay area?

The FDEM said symptomatic Floridians should receive a self-swab test at a state-supported testing site before the sites close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. Click here, to find the nearest state-supported testing site to you.

"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." — FDEM

The closure only applies to state-supported COVID-19 testing sites. Other site locations, such as those run by Bay Care, are still planning to operate on Friday.