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FAMU test site works to re-book COVID-19 testing appointments ahead of closure

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 18:01:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Division of Emergency Management called for all state-run test sites to close this weekend ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias. It's a big change affecting anyone who thinks they may have contracted COVID-19.

Bragg, along with all other sites, will be closed after business Thursday.

That means if you believe you have the coronavirus, you should get tested immediately.

State EMA is calling for the closures, which will not only affect the walk-ins but appointments, too.

The free site at Bragg Memorial Stadium usually has about 30 pre-booked appointments a day. Florida A&M University says they're going to start working on re-booking those appointments immediately.

FAMU says they understand the precautions that need to be taken and that they don't expect this will create a backlog.

"We've been hitting our numbers," said Tanya Tatum, the director of Student Health Services at FAMU. "We have a 500 limit of number of people that we test and we hit that pretty early every day. It's really important that people do walk in and most of our traffic is walk-in traffic. So come early to make sure you can get tested."

If you can't get tested on Thursday, Tatum says you should hunker down, social distance, wear your mask and stay home for the time being until they do re-open.

Tatum says next week they'll come back, inspect to see if the storm did any damage and re-open Wednesday.