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Long lines expected at COVID-19 testing sites before Christmas closures

With Christmas just days away, long lines are expected at the Regency testing location. Yesterday, record numbers were seen. Health officials are asked everyone to stay home for the holidays, but if you do plan to travel, experts recommend that you get tested first to avoid infecting your loved ones.
With Christmas just days away, long lines are expected at the Regency testing location. Yesterday, record numbers were seen. Health officials are asked everyone to stay home for the holidays, but if you do plan to travel, experts recommend that you get tested first to avoid infecting your loved ones.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you’re looking to get tested for COVID-19 before the Christmas holiday, expect to be waiting in line.

Not only are more people getting tested in preparation to travel for the holidays, but local and state sites will be closed Thursday, Christmas Eve, and Friday, Christmas Day. Private clinics are also more than likely closed.

On Monday, the Regency Mall testing site set a record for most tests in a single day, with 3,499 tests completed. The city-sponsored site is well-known and a popular choice for patients looking to get tested.

You might save time by choosing a different location to go to. Notably, the Legends Center at 5130 Soutel Dr. is also city-sponsored and open every day 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Monday thru Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m, Agape Family Health offers the same testing and resources at Regency. Visit their Northside location at 1680 Dunn Avenue and or the Westside location at 5460 Blanding Boulevard.

The site offers rapid testing, antigen tests, and PCR tests with no appointment required.

For a list of other testing sites in Duval County, go here.

If you plan to get a test, save time by pre-registering at doIneedaCOVID19test.com.


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