Florida’s entering its fourth day of reopening as part of the governor’s reopening plan.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a coronavirus antibody testing drive-thru facility, but the date is still unknown.
Orange County already has a COVID-19 testing site, at the Convention Center, but with the new planning, an antibody testing will be added as well at the same venue.
“You saw [lab technicians] doing the blood draw, you saw them taking blood, there’s a little strip that they put the blood in, they put some reagent in there, and then you watch to see the results. Then within 10 to 15 minutes, you get the result, either positive for the antibodies or negative for the antibodies,” said DeSantis.
Orange County will also be hosting the first mobile testing lab in the state of Florida. The coronavirus testing lab will be built in an RV and will provide people with fast results on whether they are infected or not.
The mobile lab will start operating in South Florida, focusing on seniors and healthcare workers. It will be able to generate results for about 500 tests per day, which can help the state authorities deal with the crisis in a more efficient way.
The testing facilities (for coronavirus and coronavirus antibodies) are the only way to accurately detect who’s eligible to go back to work, and who still needs to remain sheltered.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,539 Floridians have died from coronavirus, while 38,002 are infected.