Lot J coronavirus testing closed because of storm damage to tents

Jacksonville mayor says city is looking for new location that has indoor capacity

Picture shows the aftermath at the testing site after storms rolled through Duval County Tuesday evening.
Picture shows the aftermath at the testing site after storms rolled through Duval County Tuesday evening. (Copyright 2020 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One of the most frequented coronavirus testing sites in Duval County was closed Wednesday.

Mayor Lenny Curry said at a news conference Wednesday that the Lot J site outside TIAA Bank Field in downtown Jacksonville would be closed for the entire day because of severe wind damage from Tuesday’s storms.

News4Jax visited the testing location early Wednesday morning and found several tents had bent frames or were lopsided.

The site was closed amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. In the last two weeks, lines to get tested at the site have been significant.

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At Wednesday’s news conference, Curry said a process has been started to move all outdoor testing sites to indoor locations to protect them from the weather now that summer storms are a regular occurrence.

“We’ve identified an alternate indoor site for this testing location (Lot J) where weather will not be a factor,” he said. “We’re finalizing this plan as quickly as possible and we’ll keep you posted on that progress.”

He also noted a testing site at the beaches is in the works.

Storm damage to the tents at the Lot J site was being repaired and items were being replaced. The site is expected to be back open at 9 a.m. Thursday.


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