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St. Lucie County offering free COVID-19 testing this weekend, even without symptoms

Bus will be giving out up to 600 tests per day
Posted at 9:44 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 01:16:06-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — St. Lucie County residents can receive a free COVID-19 test this weekend whether they have symptoms or not.

"We're hopeful that people will still continue to take advantage of the testing," Clint Sperber, administrator of the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County, said.

Sperber said that up to 40% of people that test positive for coronavirus don't show any symptoms.

He's hoping that free testing this weekend will help lower the spread.

"We are still having anywhere from 25-35 new cases per day in this county, so it's still active," he said.

The free tests will be given out at a mobile site set up inside a Statlab bus.

"It could help a lot with the asymptomatic carriers," St. Lucie County resident Tyler Smith said.

The bus will be giving out up to 600 tests per day.

Those who receive the test should get their results within 24-48 hours.

"Some people may even be afraid to go to the hospital from what they've heard versus a private bus," Ryan Holmes, whose sister had COVID-19, said.

Sperber said the health department chose sites where residents may not have access to transportation and can instead walk to get tested.

"It will bring a lot of peace of mind to people who may have just not gotten tested and if they get one test, then it might calm them down just enough," Smith said.

Below are the times and locations where those seeking free testing can find the bus:

Friday, Oct. 23

Sandhill Crane Park

2355 SE Scenic Park Dr.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Saturday, Oct. 24

Whispering Pines Park

800 SW Darwin Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

Sunday, Oct. 25

Percy Peek Gymnasium

2902 Avenue D

Fort Pierce, FL 34947

Monday, Oct. 26

Ilous Ellis Park

1211 Avenue M

Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Free drive-up testing was also available Thursday at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds.

Sperber said access to free testing is critical.

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