New coronavirus testing sites available for underserved communities in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – UF Health released its new schedule of testing sites and locations for coronavirus screenings in underserved communities across the River City.

It offered three more days and locations.

During the first round of testing Tuesday at the Legends Center, people wanting to get tested had to be turned away. It was in part due to 43 of the testing being donated to Morris Manner Apartments. The remaining 107 tests were used within two hours at the UF Health site.

News4Jax showed you operations at UF Health coronavirus testing sites when one was set up at Twin Towers Senior Facility and at the site at Brentwood Family Medicine Clinic.

UF Health said its overall goal is to get a broader cross-section of people tested, including those who are not showing symptoms. It also is trying to address underserved areas of the city, so people who don’t have access to a car can get tested.

Access to a vehicle is necessary for testing at the Lot J and Prime Osborne testing sites.

Wednesday testing started at the Johnson YMCA on Cleveland Road from 9 a.m. and all the tests were gone before they could open for the afternoon. Friday will be at the AGAPE Federal Qualified Health Clinic on King Street from 9 in the morning to noon and then again from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Each site is capable of administering 150 tests a day. Anyone who lives in the community can get tested. Results are returned in three business days.

UF Health ran out of tests at the Johnson YMCA around noon Wednesday. Testing will resume Friday morning at the AGAPE location (see details below).

Friday, May 1

AGAPE Federal Qualified Health Clinic

120 King Street, Jacksonville

9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Appointments aren't necessary but they are encouraged due to the daily test limit. Seniors have priority and will be tested first.

To make an appointment call 904-244- 4420.

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