MIAMI – A new drive-through coronavirus testing site opens Tuesday for limited residents in the city of Miami.
Initially, the location was said to only be open to Miami residents ages 65 and over who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, but City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez confirmed at a virtual news conference Tuesday that residents 55 and older can request an appointment at Charles Hadley Park in Liberty City by calling 305-960-5050.
“Most of the people that we have tested are 65 and older, although I will say at the new testing site we should be testing people of all ages,” Suarez said.
The testing site will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City officials said Hadley Park testing will be open for however long there is a need and they hope to conduct about a couple hundred tests per day.
Symptoms of the virus include a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC says the best way for people to protect themselves against the virus is to avoid being exposed to it as it is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
The CDC advises people to stay within 6 feet apart of each other, avoid contact with ill people and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.