4 people collapse waiting in line for COVID testing in Tampa

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/AP) — Officials say four people collapsed while waiting in line at a coranavirus testing site in Tampa on Friday morning.

City spokeswoman Lauren Rozyla says authorities received multiple medical calls at the Al Lopez Park testing site.

One person left before being treated, but she says two women in their 60s fainted while standing in line.

She says both had a history of blood pressure issues. Later Friday, the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department began providing people waiting in line with water and ice.

“Yes! Water! I feel like I’m going to faint! Where I come from, we would have water going down the line. We would have umbrellas. We would have a lot of hospitality going on,” said Shirley Jervis who is visiting from the Cayman Islands. She needs a test before she can board a flight back home.

Chairs were also brought out to give some an opportunity to sit.

“There’s no other choice. We wish there was more efficiency. There should be. I know there’s a lot of government officials that could be helping out or opening up another site. I mean, have some water out here for folks. It’s Florida,” said Greg Vondruska who waited more than 3 hours to get tested.

Max Defender 8 meteorologists say temperatures reached as high as the low 80s with feels-like temperatures reaching the mid 80s.

The city estimates between 3,000 and 5,000 people are being tested per day at the site.

“Unless we run out of supplies, and at the present time, supplies is not an issue. We have a lot of supplies, and hoping to, be able to assist with the citizens today,” said Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Barbara Tripp.

The site is open until 7 p.m. and opens back up tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For those who are planning to come out here still — the city wants people to come prepared and ready to wait.

The City of Tampa is planning on having a drive through testing site open by Tuesday.

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