FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – To help meet the increase in demand for COVID-19 testing, a new site opened Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale.
It’s at Snyder Park, located at 3299 SW 4th Avenue.READ MORE: SeaWorld Orlando Transfers 4 Manatee Calves To Ohio For Treatment
Emily Lewis said she got in line around 5:30 a.m.
“I need to get tested and I need my results ASAP because I’m traveling tomorrow,” she said.
Testing will be done Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It’s drive-up or walk-up and will offer free rapid tests or PCR testing with results in 24 to 48 hours. They’ll do about 1,500 tests a day.READ MORE: 'Sick To My Stomach': Dollar Tree Fanatics Protest New $1.25 Prices
“This is gonna be a pretty high traffic site,” said Ron Lachica, COO of Allied Health, the company running the testing site.
He said the demand has not slowed down at any of their other sites around South Florida.
“At Amelia Earheart Park, we do about 17, 18, 19-hundred tests there. We have two adjoining sites in Hialeah, they do about four (hundred) to 500 tests a day there as well. So, the testing has definitely increased significantly,” said Lachica.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said on Tuesday with the opening of the site, the city is doubling its testing capacity.
“By knowing if you are positive, this is an important factor in understanding how we are going to prevent the disease,” he said.MORE NEWS: Add Over-The-Counter Medicine To List Of Growing Shortages
For a list of COVID testing sites across South Florida, click here.