Jacksonville City Councilor Files Law For 3 More COVID Testing Sites
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – City Councilor Garrett Dennis introduced legislation on Wednesday to bring three more COVID-19 testing sites to the Jacksonville area.
The order provides emergency funding of $ 5 million for the sites. The three locations include:
College Park on University Boulevard North
Lane Wiley Elderly Center on Wiley Road
Sherwood Shops on Soutel Drive
“As a community, we need to make testing not only widely available, but also convenient with accessibility to public transport. Identifying those infected will obviously prevent continued spread by requiring immediate quarantine. Dennis said in a prepared statement.
A press release from Dennis’ office said the move comes amid rising local COVID cases and long queues at current testing sites. To come into force, the legislation needs the signature of Mayor Lenny Curry.
The locations would be managed by the Agape Community Health Center, which worked with the city on a plan to open additional locations.
Lately, the Florida Department of Health at Duval County’s Central Health Plaza has been inundated with people lining up for testing. Hundreds of people lined up on Tuesday, with some telling News4Jax they were queuing for hours.
The Duval County Health Department is also exploring the idea of expanding testing hours at current sites.
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