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Temporary COVID-19 Testing Operations

By Kevin Watler, Public Information Officer

August 04, 2021

With COVID-19 cases increasing due to the Delta variant, Hillsborough County will temporarily open two free public testing sites.

These walk-in locations will open on Saturday, Aug. 7. They will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Palm River Park Community Center, 725 S. 58th St. in Tampa
  • Hillsborough County COVID-19 Testing Site, 1101 E. 139th Ave. in Tampa

All testing will be conducted indoors. Five-hundred tests per day will be available at each site on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rapid tests will be administered; PCR tests will be available upon request. Appointments are not needed.

There is no charge to be tested. In accordance with federal guidelines, health insurance information will be collected; however, individuals who do not have health insurance will still be tested.

People being tested should bring a photo ID (driver’s license, state-issued ID, or passport) with name and date of birth, as well as their health insurance card (if applicable). Face coverings will be required except during the brief time when the sampling is done.

While there are many private COVID-19 testing locations available in Hillsborough County, the County is opening the two temporary sites out of an abundance of caution and to enhance community testing capabilities. The number of positive cases in Hillsborough County has been increasing in recent weeks, and some residents are reporting wait times of up to three days to be tested.


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