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Gadsden County launches first free drive-thru COVID-19 site

Florida Health reports 128 people have COVID-19
Posted at 8:01 PM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 20:01:06-04

QUINCY, FL (WTXL) -- — The Florida Department of Health reports 128 people in Gadsden County have now tested positive for the coronavirus. County leaders are trying to do everything they can to flatten the curve, from handing out free masks, to opening a free drive-thru testing site.

The health department said they want to make sure everybody has the option to have testing available to them. They're encouraging everybody to come take advantage of this chance to get results for free.

"It's a safe, easy process. Many people like it. They say it's been fast," said Dr. Adrian Cooksey of the Florida Department of Health. "Just take the opportunity to come visit us and we'll make sure you know your status at this time."

Between the registration and test itself, Cooksey said people should be able to get through in about ten minutes.

Eunice Condry said it's a weight off her shoulders to know she's tested negative and she's grateful they're providing this service free.

"I just wanted to get tested to be sure that I don't have the virus and that if I come I can really tell other people that it's necessary to take the test," said Condry.

While there have been no reported deaths here in Gadsden County, 27 people have been hospitalized.

The test site at Capital Regional Medical Center ‘s Gadsden ER Campus, 23186 Blue Star Highway in Quincy, will be open through the month of May. You can stop by every Monday and Wednesday in May from 1p.m. to 4p.m. and Saturdays from 9a.m. to 1p.m.