ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The state of Florida has seen a spike in positive COVID-19 cases over the last several weeks.
Not only has the number of positive cases risen but so has the overall positive rate. For the last several days, Florida has seen a positivity rate higher than 12 percent each day.
Health experts have repeatedly recommended a 5 percent positivity rate or lower over a two-week period to be comfortable reopening. Florida has been Phase Two of reopening since June 5.
Here's a breakdown of new coronavirus cases reported by the state for the past week:
- June 22: 2,926
- June 23: 3,286
- June 24: 5,508
- June 25: 5,004
- June 26: 8,942
- June 27: 9,585
- June 28: 8,530
- June 29: 5,266
There has not been a downward trajectory of documented cases or percent of positive cases within the past two-week period. The trend has been increasing, with single-day record case highs recorded multiple times.
With the recent spike in positive cases, it is important to know where you can get tested for COVID-19.
Here's a list of county-by-county testing site information:
You can find testing information at Hardee County Emergency Management's Facebook page.
Free drive-up testing for Hardee County will be 8:30-10:30 a.m. June 30 and July 1. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 863-773-4161.
You can find COVID-19 testing information in Hernando County here.
There is currently no testing site information at this time. Contact the health department for more information.
Find state-supported testing sites in Manatee County here.
Find additional testing site information in Manatee County on the county's website here.
Find state-supported testing sites in Pasco County here.
Find additional current COVID-19 testing sites in Pasco County here.
Find COVID-19 testing site information in Pinellas County here.
Find COVID-19 drive-thru testing information through the Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc. here.
Find COVID-19 testing site information for Polk County on Florida Medical Association's website here.
Find state-supported COVID-19 testing site information for Sarasota County here.
Find additional COVID-19 testing site information for Sarasota County here.
Additional testing site information
There are several websites you can visit to find up-to-date information on current testing sites in the Tampa Bay area.
Tampa Bay area counties that have state-supported testing sites include:
- Hillsborough County
- Manatee County
- Pasco County
- Sarasota County
Florida Blue has a map of available testing sites. You can search for locations near you using your zip code.
Baycare has four drive-thru testing sites located in the Tampa Bay area. For patients without insurance, the cost of the COVID-19 lab test is $85 at any BayCare Facility. Payment is not due at testing. You can find more information here.
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