TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – All state-supported coronavirus testing sites will temporarily close as the state braces for possible impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that all-state supported drive-thru and walk-thru COVID-19 testing sites will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
The sites will remain closed until they are safe to reopen. Sites are anticipated to reopen by Aug. 5 at the latest.
“With the potential for weather and winds coming in these sites are outdoors and there are many objects that can fly around,” said Mike Jachles, Public Information Officer for FDEM. “For the safety of not only our workers, but the clients, and to secure the property there, everything will be secured.”
Free COVID-19 testing remains available through local county health departments, but those wishing to be tested must call in advance.
FDEM said as the storm passes through regions of the state, sites will reopen on a rolling basis.
The following testing sites are affected in the Tampa Bay area:
- Lee Davis Community Resource Center – 3402 N 22nd Street, Tampa
- SouthShore Community Resource Center – 201 14th Ave SE, Ruskin
- Raymond James Stadium – 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
- Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theatre – 400 1st. St. S, ST. Petersburg
- Home Depot – 1315 U.S. Highway 19, Holiday
- Publix at Imperial Lakes Plaza – 2040 Shepherd Road, Mulberry
- Lincoln Park – 501 17th Street E, Palmetto
- Home Depot – 2350 Cortez Road, Bradenton
- Robert L. Taylor Community Center – 1845 34th St., Sarasota
- University Town Center – 299 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota