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Hampton Center COVID-19 testing site dates extended

Paramedics from Ocala Fire Rescue have been staffing a COVID-19 testing site at the Hampton Center for the past three weeks.

To ensure everyone seeking examination has access to a COVID-19 test, the Hampton site, located at 1501 W Silver Springs Blvd., will remain operational until the end of May.

COVID-19 nasal swab testing is available to everyone, including those not showing symptoms. Testing will continue to take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8 a.m.-noon. The public will be tested on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is no appointment necessary and testing will conclude on Thursday, May 28. For more information, please contact Capt. Jesse Blaire at (352) 266-4769.

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