City Commissioner Steven Meiner says a Miami Beach drive-through test site for COVID-19 is likely to be opened within a week. Meiner who has been pushing for a site here since mid-March told RE:MiamiBeach, "Most of the details have been worked through. I’m hopeful that the drive-through testing will open by the end of this week or early next week at the latest.”
“The Commission appears to be on board,” he said. “It’s necessary.”
Mayor Dan Gelber said, “We’re working on it.” He said a facility that wants to do the testing has been working with the City on, among other things, the best location for a test site with the ability for queuing in a way that doesn’t create traffic jams and require too much police attention and guidelines on who it would serve. He noted all of the Commissioners had been working on the plan, saying, “Steve has been great in really helping us navigate this.”
Meiner said he reached out to many medical professionals and experts who “over and over kept telling me” that in addition to social distancing measures “drive-through testing is definitely a necessary element” in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. “The testing is so imperative to let people know that they have it, not just for the individual but to get a data point as to where we’re at as a city and a county as to how widespread the virus is here.”
A drive-through appointment-only site serving people over 65 with symptoms opens today at Marlins Park.
Commissioner Says Miami Beach Drive-through COVID-19 Test Site Likely Within a Week:
Details being worked out on location and who it would serve