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Tampa is closing two coronavirus testing sites, citing a decline in cases

Covid 19 Screening road sign with car in background
Susan Giles Wantuck
WUSF Public Media

The Al Lopez Park walk-up site closes on Saturday, and the Al Barnes Park drive-thru site on Feb. 26.

Starting this weekend, the city of Tampa will begin to close two city-run coronavirus testing sites.

In a press release Thursday, city officials say they're closing the sites due to a decline in coronavirus cases and "the increased capability of private pharmacies, healthcare providers and home testing kits available to now meet the demand for COVID-19 testing"

The sites that will be closing:

  • Feb. 12: Al Lopez Park, 4602 N. Himes Ave. (walk-up site)
  • Feb. 26: Al Barnes Park, 3101 E. 21st Ave. (drive-thru site)

Other county-run testing sites:

  • West Tampa Community Resource Center 2103 N. Rome Ave., Tampa (walk-up site). Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Progress Village Park, 8701 Progress Blvd., Tampa (walk-up site). Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Adventure Island, 10001 N. McKinley Dr. Tampa (drive-thru site). Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hillsborough Community College Brandon campus, 10451 Nancy Watkins Dr., Tampa (drive-thru). Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

A list of other Hillsborough County testing and vaccine sites can be found here.

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