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FAMU COVID-19 testing site extends operations through May 21

Testing capacity expanded to 400
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Posted at 3:49 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 15:49:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida A&M University-Bond Community Health Center COVID-19 testing will now continue to operate through May 21.

Organizers made the announcement on Monday. Testing has also been expanded to 400 tests per day.

Staff will be offering free testing at the site from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until the daily maximum number 400 tests is reached.

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

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 well over 2,000 people. Originally, the site was scheduled to be open until May 8.

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.