Florida Coronavirus Testing Improving

Florida Coronavirus testing is undoubtedly improving. Just last week, lines were hours long, centers ran out of  tests, and people were waiting 7 days and longer for results. As Florida is currently the global epicenter of the virus, things are changing, and fast.

This Monday we personally took a COVID test on Miami Beach at the Convention Center. This all-ages walk-up site requires no appointment. We can also report they are now testing children five years old and up.

The test is also free.

Florida Coronavirus Testing Better

We arrived at 2:30pm. There was no line. Zero wait.

The whole process took seven minutes.

Apparently, there was a wait in the morning.

Again, at this walk-up site, at the Convention Center on Miami Beach, it is free, requires no appointment, and they are testing all ages.

It took an unforgivable 5 months, but this is what we needed.

We were told it could take 5 to 7 days for our test results.

They said we would be called.

Two days later we were texted at 10:30pm with a link to test results.  Two days! That’s it. The proof is right there in the untouched photo.

Finally, after 5 months testing is where it should be in Florida. With results taking up to ten days before, it was useless.  So many interactions occur within that incubation period it is impossible to contact trace.

Now, with such a quick turn around, we can actually begin to contact trace if a person tests positive. This is a good sign for Florida.

If this is happening in Miami-Dade County, a place accounting for 25% of the State’s numbers and higher, expect the numbers to drop.

Florida Coronavirus testing is going well.

And that is a good thing.

Is the Coronavirus under control? Not at all.

Is it more under control in Florida? Without a doubt.

Will another place besides Miami soon be labeled the epicenter? Yes. Where? Not here. Maybe Los Angeles? Houston? At least in Miami, unless this is a weird fluke, we can breathe a little sigh of relief.

Who knows as this pandemic continues to spread. It’s the 4th inning of a game destined for extra innings.

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J.J. Colagrande

Has written about Miami culture for almost twenty years, first with The Miami Herald, then Miami New Times and Huffington Post. He's the publisher of The Jitney and a full-time professor.