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Getting Tested is Key in Stopping the Spread of COVID-19

By Kevin Watler, Public Information Officer

April 05, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County reminds you to get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19. A viral test may tell you if you are now infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. There are many places to get tested in the Tampa Bay area. Visit for public COVID-19 testing sites throughout Florida. 

“Testing is key in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Testing helps by identifying people who have the virus and could spread it to others.”

—Michael T. Wiese, Chief Epidemiologist

In Hillsborough County, no appointments are necessary. People can choose to have a rapid test, where results are same day or PCR test, which is typically required for travel. The results for a PCR test typically take up to two days. 

Testing and vaccinating are instrumental to getting back to normal. Everyone in Hillsborough County (and around the country) can help stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. From receiving the vaccine when a person is eligible, to practicing social distancing, to wearing a mask, and yes, getting tested. Although vaccines are rolling out, testing for COVID-19 is vital in the global approach to containing the virus. 

Testing of people who have been in contact with a confirmed-positive COVID-19 case is also important, even if symptoms are not present. A significant number of COVID-19 infections are transmitted by unvaccinated people who are not showing any symptoms (from either being presymptomatic or asymptomatic). Testing and vaccines are partners in identifying and slowing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.


  • University Mall Parking Garage - 2200 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612 – Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Lee Davis Community Resource Center - 3402 N. 22nd St., Tampa, FL 33605 – Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.




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