COVID-19 Virus

IMPORTANT - BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Tests Extend Expiration Dates

Since the launch of the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test, Abbott has continued testing for product stability to extend the expiration date and have shared these results with the FDA. Testing has been completed to support a shelf-life (expiration date) of up to 12 months. This letter is to notify you the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test, part number 195-200, in your possession may now have a longer than labeled product expiry date.

See the link below and check the list of Lot #s for expiration dates.

https://www.emed.com/hubfs/Case%2001269955-COL-03030%20BinaxNOW%E2%84%A2%20COVID-19%20Ag%20Home%20Test%20%20Product%20Expiry%20Update%20-%20Customer%20Letter%20EN%20%20-%20%20US.pdf?hsLang=en

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New Pinellas County Testing Sites

Tropicana Field COVID-19 testing site now open

The City of St. Petersburg has partnered with Impact Health and the Tampa Bay Rays to open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Tropicana Field, Lot 2. Both PCR and rapid antigen testing will be offered at no cost. Testing will be available on a drive-up basis, no appointment needed.

The testing site will be open 7 days per week, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Both PCR and rapid antigen testing will be offered at no cost. For those with health coverage, an insurance card will be requested. Everyone is encouraged to pre-register at impacthealth.com/StPeteTrop ahead of their visit. The testing site will be closed Monday, January 17, due to road closures associated with the MLK parade.

Largo COVID-19 testing site is located at 7150 114th Ave. in Largo.

Testing is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

This new site joins the one currently operating at the Center for Health Equity in St. Petersburg, which offers testing from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Both rapid and PCR tests for COVID-19 are offered at no cost at these locations. Proof of medical insurance is recommended and should be presented at the time of the test. Those without medical insurance will still be tested at no cost.  

The test sites are operated and managed by CDR Maguire, not the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas). For information about these CDR Maguire test sites, call (850) 583-2419.

There are also CVS, Walgreens and urgent care clinics providing testing in Pinellas. They are listed on the Pinellas County site at covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/

DOH-Pinellas continues to encourage everyone who has not received a COVID-19 vaccination to get protected as soon as possible, and for those who are eligible to receive their booster dose. Vaccinations remain the most effective defense against COVID-19. 

To find all locations where vaccines are provided near you, go to www.vaccines.gov or call (800) 232-0233. 

For more information about DOH-Pinellas, go to www.PinellasHealth.com or follow us on Twitter at @HealthyPinellas.

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Covid-19 Updates

For the latest information on COVID-19 please refer to the Center for Disease Control for information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

What You Need to Know

Availability of Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are widely accessible in the United States. Everyone ages 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone at no cost, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

Many doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics offer COVID-19 vaccinations. Visit vaccines.gov to find locations that are offering vaccines to everyone ages 5 years and older. Parents can check with their child’s healthcare provider, their local pharmacy, and health department about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more about how to find a COVID-19 vaccine.

Important Reminder: Stay safe until your vaccine reaches full effectiveness:

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines take up to 2 weeks after the 2nd dose for full effectiveness; 1-dose Johnson & Johnson can take up to 28 days.
  • All three vaccines are highly effective at preventing life-threatening illness, but they do not offer 100% protection from catching or spreading COVID-19; no vaccine gives 100% protection.
  • While the virus continues to spread, mask-wearing and social distancing are still important safety protocols.