ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. – Orange County’s COVID-19 testing site at Barnett Park in Orlando reached capacity before 3 p.m. Wednesday.

It is the eighth day in a row that the site, which has been so busy that lines of cars meander past the exhibition grounds, has reached capacity.

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“Once the wait time exceeds the number of hours we’re going to keep this site open, we proceed to shut down the line just to make sure everyone in line is actually tested,” said Daniella Sullivan, of Orange County. health services program administrator. “We averaged around 1,200 to 1,300 tests a day.”

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The increase in testing prompted health officials to reopen another testing location. Econ Soccer Complex will accept patients for COVID-19 testing from December 27.

Orange County health administrators told News 6 that the majority of those tested are those who want to make sure they are healthy so they can travel and reunite with family over the holidays.

“There’s a mix of people getting tested for travel reasons and also people getting tested because they were exposed at a family reunion or because they want to make sure that they’re negative before you have a large group of people home,” Sullivan said.

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