Due to the system that became Tropical Storm Isaias late Wednesday evening, the Division of Emergency Management said state-supported testing sites for COVID-19 temporarily closed at 5 p.m. Thursday.
The sites, which are in 23 counties, offer walk-up testing and drive-through testing. There are six sites in Northeast Florida.
The Division of Emergency Management said the tropical system is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds.
“Testing sites are closing out of an abundance of caution to keep individuals operating and attending the sites safe,” the division said in a news release. “All sites have freestanding structures including tents and other equipment, which cannot withstand tropical storm force winds and could cause damage to people and property if not secured.”
The division said the testing sites will remain closed until it is safe to reopen, with all expected to reopen by 8 a.m. next Wednesday. It said COVID-19 testing will remain available through most county health departments.
The locations in the Jacksonville area include but are not limited to:
- Legends Center on Soutel Drive
- Home Depot on Regency Square Boulevard
- Sears at Regency Square Mall
- Target in Fleming Island
- Florida Department of Health - Clay County in Green Cove Springs
- Target in Yulee
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny said during a news conference Thursday that they will let the public know about city-sponsored sites, but they are expected to remain open. For locations, hours and other details, visit coj.net/covidtesting.