Jacksonville opens walk-up COVID-19 test site at Kooker Park

Testing is available to anyone, but those who can drive are asked to get tested at Lot J

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As promised by Mayor Lenny Curry, the city of Jacksonville is opening a free walk-up testing site at Henry L. Brown Kooker Park on Friday. He also announced that more sites will open in other neighborhoods soon.

The site at the park at 1400 East 20th St. on the Eastside will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to anyone who wants to get tested for novel coronavirus, according to a city news release.

While the site will be open to anyone, people experiencing a fever, cough or difficulty breathing are encouraged to get tested, as are those who have been exposed to COVID-19. There will be 200 tests available every day and open Monday through Friday until further notice.

The Kooker Park site is part of the city’s effort to expand access to testing. It joins Lot J, the Prime Osborn Convention Center and Ascension St. Vincent’s, among other sites.

Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday that Jacksonville has also been selected as a national test site for testing the homeless. Clients and staff at the Sulzbacher Center will be tested on site.

The city is also teaming up with Walmart and will open two drive-up sites in their parking lots, but details were still be worked out and they would likely not be open until May.

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Walk-up testing continued in limited hours this week at UF Health’s Brentwood Family Medicine Clinic, which focused on residents of the surrounding area and people ages 65 and up.

Before showing up to Kooker Park on Friday or other testig sites, here’s what you should know:

  • You will need to bring identification
  • Wear a mask if you have one, otherwise one will be provided
  • Public restrooms will not be available
  • Testing is contingent on the weather

Those who can drive and have access to a vehicle are asked to seek testing at the drive-thru site located at Lot J outside TIAA Bank Field.

To learn more, visit JaxReady.com/Virus or call 904-630-2489.

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