ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County leaders announced new round of mobile coronavirus testing sites Wednesday, plus some new locations in the Winter Park area.
Orange County has a staggering 1,460 cases of coronavirus, the highest case amount in Central Florida.
According to officials, each appointment should last approximately 10 minutes.
Testing in Winter Park can be found at Legacy Middle School on May 7 and 8, Lakemont Elementary School on May 11 - 14 and Ventura Elementary School on May 7, 8, 11 and 12.
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✅ Waterford Lakes site opens at Legacy Middle School, May 7-8. Book at https://t.co/399uf2RHJa.
🔵Must have appointment
🔵No testing criteria.
🔵Testing is free; no insurance required.
🔵Must be 18 years+
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Anyone looking to get a free test will need to schedule an appointment prior.
To schedule an appointed at Legacy Middle School, click or tap here.
The dates for the mobile testing sites are:
- Monday, May 11: Independence Elementary, 6255 New Independence Parkway, Winter Garden
- Tuesday, May 12: Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando
- Wednesday, May 13: Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando
- Thursday, May 14: Evans High School, 4949 Silver Star Road, Orlando
- Friday, May 15: Prairie Lake Elementary, 8723 Hackney Prairie Road, Orlando
Dr. Raul Pino, health officer for FDOH in Orange County, said the decision was made to shift the mobile testing sites to west Orange County because less people who live there have been tested, according to the county data.
“We will move testing sites to where less testing have been performed,” Pino said, adding that in some zip codes “less than 1% of the population have been tested.”
The Evans High School location is within Orlando’s Pine Hills community, something Commissioner Regina Hill has been pushing for for weeks.
“I do think that those who have not been tested in certain areas in the county, we should have more testing kits,” Hill said in April. “Being that we have not been tested on the west side of Orlando in the last month of testing.”
Patients can walk to the mobile testing sites, which was also something Hill was hoping to see. However, they must secure an appointment first by calling 407-723-5004.
According to health officials, 10% of the people who tested positive for the coronavirus in Orange County displayed no symptoms, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Pino said he wants everyone to keep practicing precautions.
“We have to assume we can get this from everyone,” Dr. Pino said.
Currently, restaurants and retail stores can reopen in the county, the stores and restaurants can only hold 25% capacity.
“I think we are in good shape to start phase one,” Pino said.