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FAMU COVID-19 testing site extends operation through May 14

Posted at 12:05 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 12:07:17-04

The Florida A&M University-Bond Community Health Center COVID-19 testing will now continue to operate through May 14.

Organizers made the announcement on Monday.

On Friday, the site increased its daily capacity to 300 tests.

The site may be extended longer on a weekly basis, depending on the traffic, said Cynthia Harris, Ph.D., director of the FAMU Public Health Institute and one of the organizers.

Since the site at Bragg Memorial Stadium opened on April 25, staff has tested almost 2,000 people.

The walk-up site increased daily capacity to 300 tests per day after initially starting with a 200 daily testing maximum. Originally, the site was scheduled to be open until May 8.

“We are pleased with the response from the community,” said Harris, who credited the support of the community, university and health care partners and local media for the success of the testing site.

“Our intent is to continue to provide this service to anyone who needs free access to testing with no physician referral required,” she continued. “We have been able to increase our capacity, so we want people to come and get tested.”

Individuals who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms can make an appointment or walk up for testing.

Residents can call 850-404-6399 to schedule an appointment

The Leon County Health Department will notify individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, while the Bond Community Health Center staff will call those whose tests are negative.

Officials say results will be provided in at least three days from when the lab receives the specimen.

While the southside testing site is expanding, the health department has announced changes to the Northwood COVID-19 Testing/Collection Site.

Starting on May 11, the hours of operations at the COVID-10 Testing/Collection site at Northwood Centre will be reduced; the new hours will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.