Hillsborough County closes the last COVID-19 test and vaccination site
Hillsborough County closes the last COVID-19 test and vaccination site

Hillsborough County closes the last COVID-19 test and vaccination site

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The last COVID-19 test and vaccination site operated by Hillsborough County closes permanently on Wednesday.

According to leaders with Hillsborough County Emergency Operations, they are closing the site at the West Tampa Community Resource Center due to lower COVID-19 cases in the county and a drop in demand for both tests and vaccinations.

“We look pretty good, which we expected. We expected Omicron to crash,” said Dr. Jill Roberts of USF’s College of Public Health.

She tells 8 On our Side COVID cases and hospitalizations are down.

According to the county’s website, Hillsborough County’s percentage positive hit during the January omicron rise of 31%.

From Wednesday, the positive percentage fell to 2%.

The doctor says the local counties should be prepared to reopen places quickly without any hiccups.

“What’s a good thing to do is actually make these things flexible,” said Dr. Roberts. “We need to be able to refurbish those resources when we need them.”

She predicts another wave, possibly of a new variant, and a slight increase in cases after the spring break.

“There are some indications that there is already an omicron part two, as people have called ‘Deltacron’. It looks like the two viruses, but together, ”she said. “It’s incredibly important that we remain vigilant.”

The site at the West Tampa Community Resource Center will test and offer vaccinations until Wednesday at 7 p.m. 17.00.

When the place closes, residents must use other locations throughout the county, including local pharmacies.

In addition, “local state of emergency” ends in Hillsborough County on Thursday.

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