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Tallahassee commissioner to community: Don't fear coronavirus testing

Posted at 6:13 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 18:13:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — As access to COVID-19 testing gets easier, one Tallahassee Commissioner has a message for people: Get tested.

Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox put her words into action, getting tested at Bragg Stadium.

While she said she feels fine and has not been around anyone with the virus, she said it was something she needed to do.

The commissioner says if everyone gets tested people who might not even realize they have the virus can stop the chances that they spread it throughout some of our most vulnerable communities.

Williams-Cox also wants to show people how simple the process is, for those who might be afraid.

She says the simple throat swab test only took minutes to complete.

Williams-Cox says getting the test will give her peace of mind that she isn't going to potentially infect her high risk family and friends.

"I just want to bring awareness and show you how easy it is," said Williams-Cox. "Sometimes we can be a little squeamish about things. I can be too, but this one is really easy and I encourage you to do it."

If there is a demand, Bond Community Health and Florida A&M University said they'll keep extending the facility.

FAMU says they're not turning anyone away and not even asking if they're symptomatic. As for demand at the site, it has increased and so has the amount of testing provided at the site. Right now, 300 people can be tested there each day.

Another reason why Williams-Cox wants to bring awareness to testing is due to the stigma in the African-American community.