The State of Florida and Miami-Dade County have both been experiencing shrinking numbers in new COVID-19 cases.
However, the City of Coral Gables has not followed the same trend. Over the last seven days, the State has reported 257 new cases in Coral Gables. This is the highest single 7-day period since the beginning of the pandemic.
Surprisingly, the City, which had previously stated they were seeking to expand testing, has actually decided to reduce the number testing hours on the single day it is offered.
The City bases its decision on what they consider a lack of demand. The lack of demand is driven by the lack of availability. Residents who are symptomatic in some cases need to wait 7 days to get tested at the City’s site, for a virus that is best abated with early detection.
Despite most municipalities being able to offer daily testing, City administration has only sought to expand testing by one day with its current provider. City Manager Peter Iglesias, as reported, did not see a need for any City offered testing.
In contrast, as reported earlier, the Town of Miami Lakes’ Town Manager was able to setup a 7-day testing site within a week of its Council vote.
Coral Gables reported this week that 34 residents were tested with no positive cases.
If you are symptomatic and need testing, the City asks that you visit https://covidtesting.coralgables.com/ to sign up for testing Wednesday of next week.