The major healthcare professional has collaborated to establish a drive-thru test collection center at the Tropicana Field in downtown St. Petersburg. The service for the public would commence on Monday June 29, 2020.
The Pinellas County Department of Health and St. Petersburg will collaborate to provide logistical support and public safety measures for the collection center. On the other hand, the BayCare Health Systems will arrange the healthcare Professional to start the service.
Mayor of St. Petersburg, Rick Kriseman said, “Working together within our local community is how we will get on the other side of this global pandemic.”
“With both public and private partners, we will expand access to testing which is critical to beating this virus. My thanks to all our partners for everything they are doing for the health and safety of our citizens,” Mayor of St. Petersburg Rick Kriseman further added.
Director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, Uluee Choe said, “Testing is an important weapon in the fight against COVID-19.”
“All those involved are committed to public health and know it is important that we have this testing capacity,” Ulyee Choe further added in the statement.
Senior Vice President for BayCare Ambulatory Services, Jim Cote said, “We so appreciate that the Tampa Bay Rays embraced this idea and are joining us to serve the community.”
“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we’ve known that a key requirement of fighting this virus would be making sure individuals have access to testing to confirm whether they have it,” Senior Vice President for BayCare Ambulatory Services Jim Cote further added.
Pinellas County Administrator, Barry Burton said, “We need to be sure we are doing all we can to provide Pinellas County residents the access they need to testing.”