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Jacksonville antes up for more COVID testing

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The COVID-19 testing site in Neptune Beach had to close temporarily because it was out of room.

Jacksonville will chip in another $2.5 million for city-run sites offering COVID-19 testing such as the popular drive-up location in Neptune Beach that has regularly hit capacity and turned people away within hours of opening.

"It's crucial citizens have the opportunity to access testing to help fight the spread of COVID-19," Mayor Lenny Curry said in announcing more funding.

The omicron variant appears to cause milder symptoms than the delta variant that overloaded hospitals the past summer. But omicron is a highly contagious mutation that has left people hunting for tests that can let them know whether they should seek treatment and take steps that limit spreading the virus to others.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.