2 major COVID-19 testing sites prepare to shut down

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Two major COVID-19 testing sites are getting ready to shut down.


It comes as cases in Central Florida continue to fall.

Starting Saturday, you will no longer be able to get tested at the Econ Soccer Complex or the South Orange Youth Sports Complex.

The sites could reopen if cases go up again.

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Long gone are the long lines at free Orange County testing sites. The same goes for the record high COVID-19 positivity rate.

As of Monday, the county’s 14-day positivity rate is only 2.6%. The proof can be seen at the South Orange Youth Sports Complex.

“Every pharmacy was booked solid. We saw the sign for this and she said it’s open for all,” said David Oaks, a tourist.

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Oaks was one of the few people in line on Friday.

County leaders decided to shut down the sites due to low turnout and lack of federal funding.

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The only county-run site that will continue operating is at Barnett Park.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.