SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A drive-thru event Wednesday giving away rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits for Seminole County residents reached capacity about 30 minutes after distribution began.
The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health in Seminole County announced Tuesday it would be distributing kits at Seminole State College Sanford/Lake Mary Campus starting at 10 a.m. until supplies last or until 1 p.m.
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The county said nearly 11,000 kits were available for the event. Donna Walsh with the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County said at the peak of the summer surge fueled by the delta variant of COVID-19, the highest was over 600 cases in one day.
“We surpassed that. The official report will come out Friday, but we are looking at upwards of 900 in one day,” Walsh said.
JUST IN: @seminolecounty says they are at capacity at Seminole State College Sanford/Lake Mary campus with take home testing kits.— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) December 29, 2021
400 cars have received kits so far
They are asking people not to join the line after 10:15 am.
List of testing sites are below: @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/t2HkpIq5F7
Each car received up to two boxes of test kits with each box containing a six-pack of Abbott Binax-NOW COVID-19 self-tests.
“This is all proctor. So there’s actually a medical person videoing with you, telemedicine with you while you’re taking the test to make sure you swab correctly and then to identify the results and provide those results to you,” Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said.
COVID PCR testing is also available at three locations in the county:
- Altamonte Springs SunRail Station
- Museum of Seminole County History in Sanford
- Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry
To make an appointment for COVID testing at other county sites, click here.