The commission asked the city manager on June 29th to explore re-opening the COVID-19 test site in Coral Gables due to the increase in cases. Commissioner Mike Mena brought up the item at the June 29th sunshine meeting, as cases were rising in the county and in the city.
Since then, Coral Gables has broken daily record of cases within the city twice. There have been 473 of positive cases in Coral Gables according to the Florida Department of Health, 183 since that meeting.
After various inquires to the city, City Manger Peter Iglesias confirmed to Gables Insider he and his team would be presenting an update on COVID-19 commission at the July 14th meeting. If the plan is to pass-through the test costs to patients, the manager has no objections to re-open the site. “We’re looking at approximately $80 a test.” says Iglesias.
Previously the city offered COVID-19 testing at no charge to residents and spent $100,000 testing approximately 1,000 residents.
By the time the city opened the site the first time, it was the end of April and the state was under full lock-down for about 6 weeks with only essential businesses open. City Hall insiders tell us there was disappointment in that only two residents tested positive during that 30 day period. The city decided to shut down the testing site just before Phase I of the re-opening plan in which experts at all levels predicted an increase in number of cases and a continued need for testing.
“I look forward to re-opening a test site within city limits to provide what I believe is an essential part of government which is peace-of-mind.” Said Vice Mayor Vince Lago. He added,“I have received numerous calls and emails as we have re-opened parts of our economy, cases have gone up and understandably some are nervous.”
The item will be taken up next Tuesday, July 14th. You can watch the meeting live by clicking here.