Hard Rock Stadium loosens testing criteria; Hialeah offers at-home testing

Changes go into effect Tuesday

Hard Rock Stadium continues to see long lines for coronavirus testing
Hard Rock Stadium continues to see long lines for coronavirus testing

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Officials announced revised criteria Tuesday for those who wish to get tested for the novel coronavirus at Hard Rock Stadium.

“Effective immediately, we will be conducting test sampling for the coronavirus on anybody regardless of age, regardless of symptoms,” Mike Jachles, of the Division of Emergency Management, said.

Testing is free at the location, which tests 750 people daily beginning at 9 a.m.

“Consider spacing out the time you come,” Jachles said. “Don’t come early in the morning and potentially wait and cause long lines. With the 750 tests, we may have several days of a rush but then it will taper off, and what we have seen is often times around lunchtime or later in the day, the line is down to nothing.”

No appointment is needed at the testing location.

Meanwhile in Hialeah, COVID-19 tests can now come to you.

“If you call and make an appointment, you will get a marked City of Hialeah Fire Department vehicle that comes to your house with a phlebotomist that will go into your home and provide the test,” Hialeah Fire Department Chief David Rodriguez said.

The new at-home testing option is only for seniors with symptoms who can’t access a drive-through site, or anyone over 18 with symptoms who has a disability that prevents them from drive-through testing.

“They’re going to be going to the homes, they’re going to be doing a nasal swab, and from there it’s going to go back to our laboratory and they’ll contact you in 24 to 48 hours with the results,” Allied Health CEO Alex Castro said.

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