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Testing Criteria Expanded Again At TIAA Bank Field COVID-19 Site

Melissa Ross
A line of cars sits outside the COVID-19 testing site at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday, March 29.

Between the federally run and city-run drive-through testing sites in Jacksonville, more than 3,200 people have been tested for coronavirus so far.

That number is expected to rise Monday, as another testing prerequisite has been lifted at the TIAA Bank Field site. As of Saturday, anyone who has a cough or shortness of breath is eligible  — even if they don’t have a fever.

The site is also still open to first responders and health care workers who have contact with coronavirus patients.

The Lot J testing site opens at 9 a.m. — and with the expanded criteria, Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted on Sunday that officials expect to meet the daily threshold of 250 tests by mid-afternoon Monday.

Tests are also available by appointment at the Prime Osborn Convention Center for those who use the Telescope Health app to get pre-screened and at St. Vincent’s in Jacksonville, for those with a doctor’s order.

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Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP