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Gov. DeSantis on COVID-19: Hillsborough County getting 2 walk-up testing sites

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed that Hillsborough County will be getting two walk-up COVID-19 testing sites moving forward.

The state’s first walk-up testing sites opened in Fort Lauderdale last weekend.


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The sites will serve those without cars or transportation who are unable to access the many drive-thru testing sites throughout the state.

The governor said Wednesday that the sites have been so success, they are expanding the effort throughout the state, including Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Leon and Duval counties in addition to Hillsborough.

He said 15,099 people have been tested at the state’s walk-up sites.

Gov. DeSantis praised the Tampa Bay area for the way leaders and health officials have handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You should look around the state and point out some of the areas that I think have handled this very well. So if you look at Hillsborough County, you saw as testing ramped up, they started to get some cases, but that’s been a pretty good downward trend for Hillsborough County,” DeSantis said.

“I mean, they had six cases yesterday. I mean, this is a county that has 1.4 million people. And they had 12 cases the day before that out of 1.4 million people.”

The governor said “Pinellas is a similar story.”

There is currently no word on when or where the walk-through COVID-19 testing sites will open in Hillsborough County.

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