Rapid tests begin at two Miami-Dade coronavirus test sites


MIAMI GARDENS, Florida – After closing for the weekend, the long lines returned to the COVID-19 test site at Hard Rock Stadium.

It’s one of two state-run sites that now offer rapid tests with same-day results.

But it’s not for everyone.

People wishing to receive the rapid test must be between the ages of 5 and 17, be 65 years of age or older, or, if applicable, have symptoms of the virus.

The pilots lined up before dawn on Wednesday outside Hard Rock Stadium for the first day of rapid testing which provided results in 15 minutes or less.

“Everyone says I’m at high risk. I have to get tested, ”said Eric Berger.

Berger is one of many to have been tested prior to this new offering, given that he is over 65 and suffers from underlying ailments.

But even though taking the test wasn’t a problem, he said getting the results was.

Four weeks later, Berger is still waiting.

“If you are someone who has symptoms and does not get your results back within seven days, that is not helpful,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference earlier this week.

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This lag led the governor of Florida to announce this potential change on Monday.

Rapid tests will also now be available at Marlins Park.

“Total for 1,250 tests. We’re going to be able to get real-time data on the percentage of positive tests, ”DeSantis said.

The change will lead to better data, which could also lead to better contact tracing and greater peace of mind for potential patients like Berger.

“LabCorps, through my doctor, and I’m still waiting,” he said. “I just wanna know where I am.”

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