ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The rising number of covid-19 cases in the Bay area is resulting in additional outbreaks in nursing homes, as well as a growing demand for tests.
On Monday, BayCare's new testing site outside Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg ran out of its 350 tests in about an hour. The site is testing people again today but limited to those with symptoms or a doctor's referral.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman responded in a tweet Monday, saying additional testing could be on the way.
"The Tropicana Field testing site replaced the Carillon site which served us well for awhile," Mayor Kriseman said in the tweet. "The testing capacity is disappointing. We are working with the state to bring additional, expanded testing with Saturday and evening hours to another St. Pete site ASAP."
Meanwhile, the state-run testing site at University Town Center Mall along the Sarasota/Manatee county line is testing 1,000 patients every day. That number recently went up from its 750 capacity. Also, the testing site at Linclon Park is increasing testing to 500 a day.
Also, state officials are taking over testing at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and plan to have 1,000 tests available per day. Those tests are by appointment only.
It remains unclear how many tests will be available Tuesday outside the Trop.
And despite a recent trend of more younger people testing positive for coronavirus, another outbreak has happened at a Bay area nursing home.
More than 50 people have been diagnosed at Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg.
Last week, the center had zero cases among residents. Now 41 of those cases are among residents.
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