CenturyLink Sports Complex test site closes temporarily to shift National Guard

Reporter: Anika Henanger
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Credit: WINK News

The testing site at CenturyLink Sports Complex in south Fort Myers is temporarily closed as personnel is shifted, according to a statement from the Florida State Emergency Operations Center.

“This site is supported by the Florida National Guard, which has been activated to support law enforcement in some areas of the state. The Division is working closely with the Florida National Guard and local partners to relocate staff and reopen this site,” the statement read.

The state did not give a time frame for when the site will reopen.

Gov. Ron DeSantis activated the National Guard Sunday in response to ongoing statewide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of a police officer.

“I think the drive-through is very convenient for people,” said Dr. Robert Hawkes, with the FGCU physician assistant program. “They felt comfortable driving up in their cars. They didn’t have to get out. The tests are literally brought to them

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is mobilizing 700 Florida National Guard soldiers to support local law enforcement, as protests amid the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody unfold across the state.

Hawkes told us closing the drive-through site might impact testing accessibility.

“With the closure of the CenturyLink facility, there may be less drive-through testing options available in Southwest Florida that could potentially limit the number of people receiving COVID-19 tests and obviously getting those results back in a timely manner,” Hawkes said.

But there are other testing sites throughout Lee County, sites health officials ask people don’t forget about, no matter what is happening.

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