A drop in demand for COVID-19 tests is changing how tests are administered in Lee County: Instead of going to the Lee County Sports Complex for a test, you can go to the Florida Department of Health on Michigan Avenue in Fort Myers, as the plant there extends its opening hours.
The sports complex is no longer on the table because FDOH-Lee County says there are not enough people showing up for testing, and spring training should begin soon, so testing will be handed over to the Fort Myers FDOH site at 3920 Michigan Ave In the past few months, the demand for testing has diminished as the increase in the case of omicron variants has decreased.
It was previously not possible to test after kl. 17 on weekdays, and most places were closed on weekends. The FDOH believes the drive-thru site on Michigan Avenue will be fully capable of absorbing volume from the Lee County Sports Complex and extending its hours on weekdays, offering tests seven days a week.
Dr. Antonio Gonzalez, who works at Community Medical Center, located at 214 S. First St. in Immokalee, had an idea why places in Lee County see fewer people in a hurry to be tested.
“Collier County and Lee County … they’re very close,” Gonzalez said. “And the number of infections has dropped. Understand that right now we’re probably seeing one or two COVID cases in a week, which is pretty good. I think we have a break from infection right now, and I think It will remain that way for a while. ”
Gonzalez spoke to WINK News months ago, saying his health center needed help as it saw a record number of COVID-19 cases each day. He believes that part of the low turnout for tests now is partly due to more people being vaccinated. The second part is that a lot of people got sick at the same time, which can mean a big break in the pandemic.
“More people are becoming, you know, more concerned about the vaccine, and more people are being vaccinated today,” Gonzalez said. “So you know, about 70% to 80% of the patients that I asked if they were vaccinated … they’ve already been vaccinated, so that’s also going to help us take a break from this. And maybe, probably one day, we will be COVID-free. “
From Monday, you can be tested at the FDOH site at 3920 Michigan Ave. from kl. 8.00 to 19.00 on weekdays. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. To schedule an appointment, you can visit this link.
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