Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Tim Dudley announced Monday that the county is expanding its point-in-time testing for COVID-19 coronavirus in order to get a clearer picture of how many residents may currently have the virus.
Previously, pre-screening was required of persons wishing to be tested at one of the four public testing sites, and callers were asked if they were exhibiting specific symptoms. With the expansion of the testing, residents who feel unwell or are generally concerned about the virus can request an appointment.
Testing is being offered at Raymond James Stadium and three Community Resource Centers in east Tampa, Plant City, and SouthShore. Persons wishing to schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 test can call (813) 272-5900 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The call center will provide a confirmation number for the testing and further instructions. Neither insurance nor a doctor’s note is required for the test. Persons being tested should bring a photo ID with name and date of birth.
Public health officials who are advising the EPG have recommended additional testing as crucial to making decisions about reopening the County, protecting vulnerable populations, and avoiding a second wave of cases.
Hillsborough County remains under a local state of emergency. As part of continued mitigation efforts in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus and in anticipation of upcoming announcements from the State of Florida regarding plans for a gradual reopening of the state, Hillsborough County government will be extending all existing closures through Friday, May 15, 2020. This extension allows the County sufficient time to ensure its operations and services align to any Executive Orders issued by the Governor.
The closures impact facilities and service locations across the county. For details and up-to-date information regarding cancellations and closures visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.