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As the number of people tested for the coronavirus jumps to 4,622 overnight, the number of confirmed local cases rests at 243 for the second day in row.

体育在线365A total of 526 more coronavirus tests were administered between its Monday and Tuesday update, according to the Florida Department of Health. No new people have come up positive locally in the daily report. 

The number of people in Leon who have been tested for the virus represents roughly 1.6% of the capital county's population. 

As Gov. Ron DeSantis sets in motion his plans for the first phase to reopen Florida during the pandemic, local medical center Patients First says the facility at 1705 E. Mahan Drive can test people for COVID-19.

体育在线365Hours of operation run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. 


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体育在线365The center will test people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and those who "are worried" they may have been exposed to the virus. No referrals are needed. The center says results typically take between three to five days. 

体育在线365The facility says it will not test anyone who is younger than 2 years old. 

In Leon County, Florida A&M University and Bond Community Health Center have extended the operation of their free walk-up testing site at Bragg Memorial Stadium through at least May 14.

体育在线365The site was originally set to be open through May 8. Organizers say the location may extend its operation even longer if there's a steady demand for COVID-19 tests. 

The site can administer 300 tests a day, organizers report. Results are processed in "at least" three days from when a lab receives the test. Patients do not need a doctor's referral to receive a test for the coronavirus. The location is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 

Elsewhere in Leon County, the Northwood Centre collection site on North Monroe Street reports it has tested 3,026 people to date.

The site has been open since March 18 and tests between roughly 80 to 130 people a day, according to data. The location is scaling back its hours and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting on May 11, the hours of operations at the site will be reduced from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

体育在线365The location reported that 89 people were tested for COVID-19 on Monday. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Bond Community Center, Capital Regional Medical Center and other healthcare providers partnered to create the location. Patients need a doctor's referral to be tested. 

The Florida Department of Health assists at the Bragg and Northwood sites. Patients First operates independently of the health department. 

"It is not necessary for a health agency to seek guidance or permission from the health department before opening a testing site," according to Pam Saulsby, spokeswoman for the county health department. 

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So far, five people in Leon County have died due to the coronavirus. The last reported death was on Monday of a 49-year-old man who had come into contact with someone with the virus. He is the youngest so far to have died from the virus in Leon.

To be tested for COVID-19

Northwood: Visit  or call a primary care provider to see if testing for COVID-19 is required.  

Patients First: Visit the Patients First website , or call (850) 877-7164. 

Bragg: To register for testing, call (850) 404-6399. Organizers are asking for physicians, nurses and other licensed health care professionals to assist at the site. To volunteer email Cynthia.harris2@famu.edu or trobinson@bondchc.com

Contact CD Davidson-Hiers at CDavidsonH@jameswburdick.com, or follow her on Twitter @DavidsonHiers. 

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