Florida seniors, students to get priority for free rapid COVID-19 testing

A day after President Donald Trump announced a plan to disperse 150 million rapid coronavirus tests, Gov. Ron DeSantis said that seniors and students in Florida will be priorities for testing.

During a press conference in Clearwater on Tuesday morning, DeSantis said the rapid tests will be distributed to all Florida nursing homes and long-term care facilities and the state will also receive an additional 6.4 million tests.

The tests, which do not require a lab, will be free and able to show a positive or negative test within about 15 minutes. DeSantis compared the tests to a pregnancy test and demonstrated how they work during the press conference on Tuesday.

About 420,000 tests are expected to arrive by Friday, said Jared Moskowitz, Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management. The state will then get 400,000 more tests each week moving forward, DeSantis said.

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