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Tallahassee residents, students flock to COVID-19 test sites ahead of holiday travel

Posted at 5:39 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 17:39:44-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — College students in Tallahassee decided they still want to return home for the holidays despite recommendations against it.

Florida State students say they would rather finish out a tough year at home, but before hitting the road, they want to make sure they test negative for coronavirus.

With less than a week until Thanksgiving, students are making their way to the Donald L Tucker Civic Center to get tested for COVID-19.

But a new warning coming from the university is telling students to be aware of the timeline between a test and travel.

Dr. Jim Zedaker is the director of the FSU testing site.

Students get results back in about a day, but in a statement to ABC 27, Zedaker says

Meanwhile, at Florida A&M University's Bragg testing site, which is open to the public, people rely on the rapid test.

"People get that response back within half an hour or an hour," said Tanya Tatum, the director of Health Services at FAMU.

That turnaround is giving people the confidence to hold off on testing until right before travel.

"It gives people the information they need to take care of themselves and their family members in a really timely manner," Tatum said.

Dr. Zedaker says if you absolutely have to travel, limit the number of people you're around before your trip and keep a close eye on travel restrictions and the spread of the virus in the area you'll be traveling to.

Florida State is also asking any student who decides to go home for Thanksgiving to remain at home until the start of the Spring semester.