CBS4 News takes a peek inside Tropical Park’s COVID-19 test site – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – CBS4 News first visited a busy car COVID-19 testing site in Tropical Park and found nurses working extraordinary hours while helping people who needed testing .

During an exclusive site visit, Peter D’Oench of CBS4 was informed by NOMI Health that licensed and licensed practical nurses and certified practical nurses are testing between 8,000 and 10,000 people per day at the site which offers testing. free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That compares to 3,000 to 4,000 people tested at the site each day last October.

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NOMI Health operates 100 such sites statewide and claims up to 50 people work at the Tropical Park site, providing rapid test results in one hour and PCR test results in 24 to 72 hours.

Registered nurse Yanette Shipp said she works at the site 13 to 14 hours a day, 6 to 7 days a week.

She said: “I am happy to see a lot of people coming here because they are worried and trying to make sure that they get tested and that they are safe with their family members and that they are go out and work. It’s busier with the new variant that’s released because people are worried and they want to know if they’ve been exposed. If in doubt, get tested for peace of mind. There have been cases of people showing COVID positive and showing symptoms and then you have people showing symptoms but they are negative. Even if you have questions, you better be sure.

“As a nurse it is an honor to serve this community and I have been a nurse for 20 years,” she said. “Every day we are here sacrificing ourselves to try to make sure the community is safe so that we can overcome this pandemic that we find ourselves in right now. This can be difficult with influxes of people, so we urge our patients to be patient. We try to help people as quickly as possible and give them care. “

IAA Rhonda Robinson says she works 13 to 16 hours a day at the site 6 days a week.

“How do I do this?” she asked. “Truth be told, the grace of God and I know there is a need here and people need to get tested for you to make yourself available. I love it. It is very gratifying and even more rewarding when you know that you are appreciated by the people of South Florida. It’s a great feeling to know that we take care of the community and everyone. “

Ron Gonçalves, CEO of Nomi Health, said: “We all predicted it would be busy due to an increase in vacations due to the spread of Omicron. We see double the peak in testing related to the Delta variant. “

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He said there had been delays in obtaining test results.

“We see a challenge to our gold standard of 24 hour testing and some testing goes outside of that. We are working tirelessly to be at this level. We are also seeing a slight decrease in volumes, but it is not enough to say that we are above the mark but we are hopeful. “

Irene Amador took her son Michael Don to a test.

Don said: “It’s really impressive with all this work they do and I just wanted to be tested to make sure other people are safe. “

Amador said, “It’s amazing the work these nurses do. Without them, we would be totally lost. It is chaos as it is. It just makes us feel more secure and I really appreciate them. I know they work very hard and put up with a lot.

Turning to Shipp, D’Oench asked him, “How does that make you feel, his appreciation.”

Shipp said: “It really makes me feel good. I am honored to serve the community and I say thank you to the community for coming to get tested. “

Amador said: “This is what it takes to get back to some normalcy.”

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CBS4 visited the tropical park site as Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced the 7-day positivity rate for Miami-Dade County was 35% and said 47,880 people had been tested for COVID-19 on Monday. She also said that 273 COVID patients in Miami-Dade were occupying intensive care beds. She also noted that the FDA and noted that the CDC had approved booster shots for children 12 and older.

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