Residents needing a COVID test were able to return to Hard Rock Stadium starting Thursday after severe flooding from Tropical Storm Eta forced its closure for several days.
The Miami Gardens site closed this past weekend ahead of the storm and was kept closed due to the rainfall, forcing sites such as Tropical Park to see additional crowds of people needing tests.
The reopening comes as positive cases are on the rise in several states, including Florida, and as the United States set a single day record for cases on Wednesday.
Doctors warn of a third wave of cases during the coming weeks and into the holidays.
“Now as predicted, we’re seeing a very significant rise throughout the country,” said Dr. Aileen Marty from FIU. “I don’t think that this nation has taken this virus to the level of seriousness that we need to conquer the virus.”
During a news conference Thursday, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said he had spoken both with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami-Dade Mayor-elect Daniella Levine Cava about how measures such as mask requirements and curfews worked to bring numbers down - measures DeSantis has since taken away.
"I don't want to put words in the Governor's mouth, but I think his perspective is irrespective of whatever mitigation factors we implement, we're going to see a spike," Suarez said, adding he believes DeSantis is open to listening to different opinions on the subject.
Drug companies are making headway in the search for a cure, with Eli Lilly getting emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its new antibody testing while the FDA is looking into using nursing homes, outpatient clinics and pop-up facilities to administer the tests.
“It's a relatively short infusion, but then patients will need to be monitored for about an hour after the infusion,” said CEO David Ricks.
The Hard Rock Stadium site opens at 9 a.m. with three different testing options: rapid testing, self swab and nasal or throat tests.