COVID-19 testing cut off at OCCC after high demand for tests

The testing site is open until 5 p.m. but gates may close early

The COVID-19 testing site at the Orange County Convention Center closed early today after reaching capacity.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – After testing sites closed for Christmas, Floridians were eager to get tested when the sites resumed testing.

According to the Florida Association of Public Information Officers, wait times at the Orange County Convention Center were around two hours. Officials told those wanting to be tested to plan ahead.

Officials said patients should have a full tank of gas, use the restroom before arriving and make sure their windows can fully open and close.

According to officials, the testing site is open until 5 p.m. but the gates may close early.

Just before 3 p.m. officials with the test site announced that the line was being cut off for the day to allow for the processing of everyone by closing time.

In a tweet, officials said those wishing to get a test can save time and pre-register at patientportalfl.com before coming out to the site.

Orange County Health Services extended free COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park through Jan. 30 on Saturday.

The testing site is open seven days a week but will close for New Year’s Day.