Orange County set to open 4th COVID-19 testing site on Monday to ease demand

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — For more than a month now, the demand for COVID-19 tests has not let up.

People in Orange County have been waiting hours in line to get checked for the virus, no matter where they go for a free test.

Even pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS have been sold out of at-home tests.

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Starting Monday, we could see some change to that as Orange County prepares to open Camping World Stadium to help ease demand.

The tents are up and preparations are underway at Camping World Stadium, where more than 3,000 people daily should be able to get a test at the new site.

At Barnett Park on Sunday, lines were long and people were waiting for hours to get tested.

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Orange County resident Rhonda Smith said she got to Barnett Park at 3 a.m. to get tested for COVID-19, and she still wasn’t the first one there.

“It’s really bad. I would drive by and see how long the line is,” Smith said.

Even though the county had made three free sites available for people to get tested, the wait times have not gone down at either Econ Soccer Complex, South Orange Youth Sports Complex nor Barnett Park.

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“It’s kind of annoying but what can you do? You need to get tested,” said Latoya Henry.

Mayor Buddy Dyer hopes opening another site for testing at Camping World Stadium can change that.

The new site will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., or until they reach capacity like the other sites.

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Both rapid and PCR tests will be available, and you don’t need an appointment.

Even though it’s not required, you can save time by pre-registering online to make the check-in process quicker sooner when you get here.

Click here to register.

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