UPDATE: The COVID-19 testing site at Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon Campus at 10451 Nancy Watkins Drive reached capacity in just over 5 hours on Monday and will not be admitting any more cars this afternoon.
The current wait time for a test is three hours.
To help alleviate the demand for testing, Hillsborough County is launching a new testing site Monday morning at Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon Campus at 10451 Nancy Watkins Drive.
The entrance to the site is off East Columbus Drive. Visitors will not be able to access the testing site by using Nancy Watkins Drive.
It is a drive-thru site that is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emergency Management is asking residents not to arrive at the site before 9 a.m. because the gate will not be open before then.
“This really just harps that the demand is there and we want to try to alleviate the pressure off the private agency such as the pharmacies and other urgent care clinics and hospitals,” said Katja Miller, the human services in mass care emergency management coordinator for Hillsborough County.
Miller said the wait time at this new site is averaging about 1.5 hours.
“We’re going to continue to assess the demand and work with our partners and open up more if I need is there but we still want people to use those private options as well,” said Miller.
The CDC reported 69,914 new cases on Sunday in the state. More hospitals are also seeing a spike in cases. Over the past week, there have been 1,740 new hospitalizations in Florida, according to the CDC.
The current wave has been prompting people to flood testing sites over the past month. The county’s other two test sites are at Progress Village Park at 8701 Progress Boulevard and the West Tampa Community Resource Center at 2103 North Rome Avenue. Both are walk-up test sites that will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The county said 6,743 people were tested over the weekend at both sites combined.
The West Tampa Community Resource Center also offers vaccinations, Pfizer pediatric vaccines, booster shots for those who are eligible and monoclonal antibody therapy treatment. Those wanting antibody treatments will have to make an appointment at patientportalfl.com.
Miller said the county has put in a request with the Florida Department of Health for 500,000 at home rapid testing kits.
“We have not received them come yet, nor do we have a date of expectance for that to come in,” she said.
Children between 5 and 11 will need to have their parent or guardian present to get a Pfizer pediatric vaccine. The county says proof of insurance is recommended for all services.
The City of Tampa also offers testing at Al Barnes Park at 3101 East 21st Avenue and Al Lopez Park at 4602 North Himes Avenue. Both locations are open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.