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Coronavirus testing site opens at South County Civic Center in Delray Beach

Posted at 7:24 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 16:26:08-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The robust effort to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus continued on Tuesday when Palm Beach County officially opened a second COVID-19 testing site at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach.

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The drive-through testing site is located at 16700 Jog Road.

Testing is done by appointment only and is only available for eligible residents.

Health officials said 150 patients have been scheduled to be tested on Tuesday, and appointments are all filled for the day.

"We're already at 95 percent full for tomorrow and 25 percent full for Thursday," said Kerri Hanna with Cleveland Clinic Florida. "The process has been going very smooth today."

To be screened for an appointment, call 561-804-0250 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A health care official will ask you about your symptoms, whether you've traveled recently, and if you've come in contact with anyone who's been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you meet the criteria, you'll be given an appointment time.

Last week, a drive-through coronavirus testing site opened at the FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach.

While that testing site is still open, Palm Beach County's Health Care District has suspended the screening hotline for the ballpark location until additional test kits are received.

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According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are more than 14,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, along with 283 deaths.

Palm Beach County leads Florida with 63 coronavirus-related deaths, health officials said.

The entire state is now under a "stay-at-home" order until at least April 30.

Residents are urged not to leave their homes unless it's for essential services or activities, like going to the grocery store, gas station, health care facilities, pharmacy, or child care centers, among other places.