A new testing site is now open in Miami!
FIU School Of Medicine faculty and students have turned Tamiami Park into the latest place adults can go get themselves checked out if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. As we know by now, the novel Coronavirus can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath, headaches, loss of smell and taste, among other symptoms, especially if the person has a pre-existing condition.
The number to call to make an appointment is 305-499-8767. The person must be at least 18 years old to be seen, according to The Miami Herald:
In a new release, Florida International University confirmed the Wednesday opening and said staff and students from FIU’s medical school and other arms of the state university with a campus next door to the park. “There is still a lot that we can learn and maybe even lives that we can save by widespread testing,” said Dr. Eneida Roldan, an associate dean at FIU who will serve as clinical director of the site.
While Tamiami Park is a testing site, as well as Marlins Park and South Dade Government Center, officials believe that the city needs more space to treat patients. The Miami Beach Convention Center has been given the green light by The Pentagon to transform into a field hospital, modeled after the Javits Center win New York.
NBC 6 reports:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been looking at using the convention center as a medical treatment facility to assist in the coronavirus response, to deal with less serious cases in order to free up beds and space at hospitals. The estimated date of completion is April 27. The facility was expected to house at least 450 beds but that number could increase in coming weeks.