FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Testing for coronavirus continued Wednesday at sites in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
At the Cleveland Clinic coronavirus testing site in Weston they are now taking 130 patients a day at the drive-thru you must make an appointment.
“You have to meet the criteria. Our rate is 15 percent positive,” says Cleveland Clinic Florida CEO
Dr. Wael Barsoum.
Dr. Barsoum says they began preparing for the pandemic months ago. He says they are not experiencing shortages with masks, gloves or swabs just yet and they have been innovative.
“Instead of two separate swabs we do a single,” he explained.
Elsewhere in South Florida, at mobile testing sites, C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines reports as of
Wednesday, they have done 3,594 tests. Hard Rock Stadium, where they are testing first responders and seniors, they have done 2,381 tests and at the newest center.
Marlins Park, where they cater to seniors, 25o tests were given as of Wednesday.
Lines are building day by day but there are more sites on the horizon.
“We are looking at South Dade and Kendall and are working with the University of Miami on a test that can give results in half an hour,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Meanwhile, Broward Health is working to get its drive-thru coronavirus testing site back up and running after it was closed on Wednesday.
The problem wasn’t with a scarcity of testing kits but rather a shortage of collection swabs. Their team is now looking to procure more.
In the six days that the site was operational, more than 1,500 samples were collected and sent for processing.
Results are starting to be returned.
For the full list of testing locations Broward and Miami-Dade, click here.
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