Children may now be tested for coronavirus at C.B. Smith Park

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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Memorial Health Care System is expanding testing at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines to include testing children. Children of any age who are symptomatic or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or previously tested positive and need to be retested are eligible for testing.

Also anyone 18 years and older, first responders, and healthcare workers regardless of symptoms can be tested at the site.

Beginning June 9, criteria expands to children who do not need to be showing any symptoms to receive a test, but the child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The drive-through testing site is free to the public.

Testing for children will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

To make an appointment, call 954-276-4680, seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“If you have a young child who you think may have a mild symptomatic case or may be asymptomatic but still infected, you’d like to know before you take them over to their grandparents’ house,” said Dr. Ronald Ford, chief medical officer at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “Because we’d really like to curtail the spread of this disease in our community any way we can.”

Doctors in South Florida have seen a couple cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, although it is said to be an extremely rare complication of COVID-19.

Ford said it’s very unlikely you’ll see many cases in this community.

Symptoms of the illness include a high fever for four days or more, abdominal pain, vomiting, red eyes, a sore throat and rashes.

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