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Collier county DOH closing COVID-19 testing site due to storm

Posted at 10:45 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 22:45:43-05

COLLIER COUNTY, FLA — The Collier county Department of Health says its walk-up testing sites, will be closed until at least Tuesday, November 10 due to the current path of Tropical Depression Eta.

The closure comes the week that the county hit 15,000 total cases and more than 200 COVID-19 deaths

It also comes during a time where nationwide, we've broken back-to-back records of coronavirus cases.

CDC leadership says asymptomatic cases are a big contributor to the spiking caseload and they're hoping that the nation can create a plan to get a handle on them.

It's a lot to consider in the midst of these local closures and the health department recognizes that, but ultimately Kristine Hollingsworth, a spokesperson for the Collier county DOH says they feel that Tropical Depression Eta is too close for comfort right now.

"Being that these are outside testing facilities, it was close in preparation of potential tropical storm impacts on Southwest Florida," she said.

If the storm's path changes again, they are open to canceling or adjusting the closures, but it's just too soon to tell.

If you need a COVID-19 test in Collier county over the next few days, here's what Hollingsworth recommends.

"People can call their primary care physician or they can call an urgent care. They should be open and performing testing, however our walk-up sites are closed," she said.

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