HIALEAH, Fla. – Two new coronavirus testing sites are scheduled to open Thursday in South Florida.
One of the testing sites will be at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah.
"After weeks of making the argument for the City of Hialeah, which is the sixth-largest city in the State of Florida, and its need of a testing site to serve its residents, especially our elderly population, I am happy to see that Governor DeSantis has made this decision,” Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez said in a statement. “This will be a great help to our city in the fight against the coronavirus.”
COVID-19 testing kits will be donated by Testing Matters and the medical personnel operating the site will be provided by Prime Care and Solis.
Appointments are required and can be made by calling 305-268-4319. Only people showing symptoms of the virus will be tested.
People who make appointments are asked to enter Amelia Earhart Park through the entrance at Palm Avenue and 65th Street. The testing will take place at the rotunda immediately adjacent to the entrance.
One testing site in Hialeah is already open at Larkin Community Hospital.
Another testing site opens Thursday in Miami Beach.
Miami Beach Commissioner Steven Meiner announced that the tests will be offered by a private provider at a parking lot on Collins Avenue and 46th Street. Appointments are required and patients will be pre-screened to verify that they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Meiner said it is expected that the majority of patients would not have any out-of-pocket expenses.
According to Meiner, the city attempted to get free testing from government agencies or nonprofit entities, but was unsuccessful.