City of Riviera Beach closes COVID-19 test site
City of Riviera Beach closes COVID-19 test site

City of Riviera Beach closes COVID-19 test site

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – The city of Riviera Beach is making changes when it comes to handling COVID-19.

“Due to a lack of demand for COVID-9 testing at the Wells Recreation Center, the site is closed,” the city said in a tweet.

“So over the last 2 weeks we’ve been monitoring the numbers. And for example, over the last week we went from 30 people a day, to 20 people in one day, to 15 to 10, and yesterday we did. 5 or 6 people, “said Chief John Curd of Riviera Beach Fire and Rescue.

He said with such a declining number that a place of that size would not be able to sustain itself.

“We have several other sites. We have Walgreens and we have some Walmart that is doing some testing. And we think, with the numbers, we see that the capacity should be met on those sites,” he said. he.

The Omicron rise has disappeared. Infection Specialist Dr. Klepper De Almeida said we probably have a tenth of the number of hospitalized patients now than we did five weeks ago.

However, closing a COVID-19 test site can be difficult.

“There are two ways to look at it. One could say ‘oh it’s too early’, the other could say ‘you drag your feet’.” “So it’s very difficult for people to find a balance,” he said.

He believes the world is in an “endemic” phase. But what does that mean? And what does it look like? Dr. De Almeida said England could be a good example. They have just announced that the remaining COVID-19 restrictions will stop.

“I think there are a lot of factors happening right now that will bring us in the United States to a similar situation,” he said.

Chief Curd said that if the numbers suddenly rise, the city of Riviera Beach will bring the place back to the Wells Recreation Center if necessary.

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