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OCALA, Fla.—The Department of Health in Marion County is moving its drive-through COVID-19 testing operations to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion beginning Aug. 11 and changing its testing process. People who would like to be tested will no longer need to first make an appointment; they will be able to be tested at the new site on a first-come, first-served basis. “The appointment-based process allowed us to avoid long wait times that people using many other testing sites in the state experienced,” said Florida Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “However, we routinely had more than 100 people not show up for their appointments, which meant people who wanted testing were unable to get timely appointments. It also led to a waste of resources when we had to schedule and then cancel more than 100 lab orders each day. We will be able to be more efficient with our resources this way, while testing everyone who truly desires to be tested.”

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