COVID-19 testing site in St. Augustine to close on Thursday

The site opened in mid-August and was a partnership between Flagler Health+, the City of St. Augustine and Ivy Medical to address spiking cases of COVID-19.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The COVID-19 testing site in downtown St. Augustine will close on Thursday due to a decrease in reported cases in St. Johns County.

The site opened in mid-August and was a partnership between Flagler Health+, the City of St. Augustine and Ivy Medical to address spiking cases of COVID-19.

Flagler Health+ offered both the PCR and Rapid Antigen tests, which were given free to people in the community at the bus loop of the Visitor’s Information Center.

“We are grateful to have been able to partner with the City of St. Augustine and Ivy Medical in providing this vital service to our community,” said Flagler Health+ President and CEO Jason Barrett. “The opportunity to provide testing was an integral part in helping slow the spread of the virus over the past few weeks.”

In the first week of August, St. Johns County saw a nearly 25% positivity rate whereas last week the county saw the rate drop to 9.5%.

The site averaged about 87 tests a day, but one administered 240 tests in a single day in early September. 

However, in the last two weeks, the number of tests given per day has gone down to 35.

The COVID-19 testing site is still accepting registrations before it closes. You can tap this link to register and for more information.

Testing is available for all ages, but anyone under 18 must have an adult with them.

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