Running the numbers: More than 34,000 coronavirus tests run at Lot J

Heavy downpours hamper coronavirus testing at Lot J

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida health officials reported a small drop in new COVID-19 cases on Sunday for the first time in days, but new cases are still way above the daily counts a month ago and Duval County’s new cases are still setting records.

In the state of Florida on Sunday, more than 8,500 people tested positive. More than 600 cars were waiting before the site opened at 9 a.m. Monday morning, more than 300 people were lined up on Bay Street when Lot J opened.

The Department of Health said Duval County added 740 positive cases on Sunday. Alachua County reported more 1,000 cases. In St. Johns County, 756 people tested positive and 616 in Clay County.

The rest of our local counties have each reported fewer than 300 cases.

More testing is being added regularly to accommodate the number of people who want one. At 7 a.m. Monday, a new testing site will open. Avencia Medical will conduct coronavirus swab tests at River City Baptist Church.

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Lot J is seeing longer and longer lines daily The Florida Association of Public Information Officers released new comparative data of other state-run testing sites.

As the number of cases sets a new record, public information officers also said the Lot J testing site has completed 34,639 active virus swab tests to date. The number doesn’t include the number of antibody tests.

Information officers also are reminding people who want to be tested at Lot J to be prepared or risk getting turned away. To be tested in the drive-thru of Lot J you must

  • Have working air conditioning in
  • Windows must be functional
  • Have your own pen
  • Bring a photo ID

Don’t forget to pack your patience. Officials also recommended bringing a phone charger, full tank of gas, and water to get you through a potentially long wait.

Lot J is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting, or until capacity is reached for the day.

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