Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo and former Florida State Senator Rene Garcia to open COVID-19 testing site at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah
MIAMI-DADE – On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Amelia Earhart Park in the City of Hialeah will become a COVID-19 drive-through testing center in Northwest Dade for residents aged 65 or older who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing will be done Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special thanks to Testing Matters for test kits, Prime Care, Solis for medical personnel, and Albert Diaz of RingLogix.
Starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, residents who are 65 or older and experiencing certain symptoms can call 305-COVID19, (305-268-4319) to schedule an appointment. Testing will only be for those who meet the criteria and have scheduled an appointment in advance. The call center opens at 9 a.m. daily and will remain open until the appointment slots for the following day are filled. No walk-ins; cars only. No bikes or mopeds. Individuals being tested must sit by a working window. Only two individuals permitted in the vehicle: driver and passenger.
Individuals with an appointment should enter Amelia Earhart Park through the entrance at Palm Avenue and 65th Street in Hialeah. The testing will occur at the rotunda immediately adjacent to the entrance: Amelia Earhart Park: 401 E 65th Street, Hialeah, FL 33013.
“Miami-Dade County has the largest number of older adult residents in Florida,” Commissioner Bovo said. “Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and those with serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus. As more positive cases arise, residents over 65 or older who are experiencing symptoms must be tested. Today, in collaboration with former State Senator Rene Garcia, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Hialeah, we are opening a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site for those most vulnerable in our community.”
“Commissioner Bovo and I are working collectively and taking proactive steps to address the concerns of our residents in regards to COVID-19” Garcia said. “We are focused on ensuring that there is access to free testing and that our community remains informed and equipped with the resources they need.”