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    Florida Guardsmen support the opening of two new walk-up testing sites in South Florida

    Florida Guardsmen support the opening of two new walk-up testing sites in South Florida

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Leia Tascarini | Florida National Guard supports local authorities at the newest walk-up community...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Leia Tascarini 

    107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    The Florida National Guard (FLNG) supports two new COVID-19 walk-up Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS) at Sherbondy Park in the city of Opa-locka and Shirley Branca Park in the city of Miramar.

    In order to better address the need for COVID-19 testing in some communities across Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the Florida Guard’s 50th Regional Support Group is working with the state’s Department of Health (DOH) to provide logistical support at these new CBTS locations.

    “The initial opening was for local authorities and city employees, but the site will open to the community on Wednesday,” said Florida National Guard Staff Sgt. Courtlandt Savageau, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the walk-up site from the 160th Transportation Company. “It’s a good thing we are opening these sites to assist the community, it’s important to make the process as easy as possible for citizens so they can get tested with little interruption to their daily lives.”

    Walk-up test sites accommodate those who may not have access to a car or those who prefer to walk. The Florida National Guard is actively engaged in supporting eleven CBTS locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties; both drive through and walk-up.

    “Working with the National Guard has been a pleasure,” City of Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam. “The collaboration has been very positive, not only with the National Guard but also with first responders.”

    The Florida National Guard has more than 2,100 Guardsmen on duty in support of Florida’s COVID-19 response. Soldiers and Airmen are currently operating 28 Community Based Testing Sites locations, and have administered over 192,000 sample collections to date at those sites. In addition, the Guard is supporting the Florida Department of Health’s screening operations at seven Florida airports.



    Date Taken: 05.20.2020
    Date Posted: 05.20.2020 15:01
    Story ID: 370400
    Location: FLORIDA, US

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