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FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium COVID-19 site tests more than 100,000 people

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Posted at 8:25 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 08:29:41-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida A&M University Bragg Memorial Stadium COVID-19 site has tested more than 100,000 people since it began operations seven months ago, officials announced Tuesday morning.

“This is an impressive milestone in the service of our community. From the first day it opened, the Bragg Stadium COVID-19 testing site has been indispensable to the local response in combating the pandemic,” FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. “We are glad to have hosted this operation. It symbolizes our desire to stand and fight with our community during these difficult times.”

The walk-up site opened on April 25. University officials said that during the latest spike in COVID-19 cases, the site has been conducting an average of more than 2,000 rapid tests per day.

“The numbers are indicative that people are more knowledgeable, and people are traveling for the holidays and want to get tested before they leave,” said Tanya Tatum, director of FAMU Student Health Service and operations manager at the site. “Also, we are seeing an increasing number of cases in the state. We can’t ignore that.”

At the site, the rapid COVID-19 antigen test sample is collected by a health care worker who will gently swab the inside of a patient’s nostrils.

The site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, unless closed due to inclement weather, though the site will be closed for Thanksgiving Day.

Testing is free and no physician referral or insurance is required. Appointments and walk-ups are accepted.

Though no appointment is necessary, pre-registration is recommended by going to the state vendor’s website https://curative.com. For questions about their results, patients can contact the Curative support staff at curativesupport@curative.com and 888-702-9042.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management oversees operations in partnership with FAMU, Bond Community Health Center and the Florida Department of Health- Leon County.