SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The demand for coronavirus tests keeps rising in Central Florida as we head into the new year and as Florida ends 2021 with a record number of cases.

The state reported 58,000 cases Thursday, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

What You Need To Know

  • CDC: 58,000 new cases for Wednesday and revised its tallies to add thousands of cases to the daily counts of previous days, setting new pandemic records

  • Testing demand remains high across Central Florida 

  • COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES: What you need to know in Central Florida  

Meanwhile, a number of county-run testing sites in Central Florida are shut down for the New Year’s holiday after reaching capacity on a daily basis.

Seminole County’s appointment-only testing sites at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry and Seminole State College’s Oviedo campus are open Friday but fully booked. Those interested are advised to check the appointment portal in case someone cancels

All Orange County-run drive-thru sites are closed Friday and Saturday. 

Seminole County handed out nearly 11,000 at-home kits Wednesday from federal grant funding to help with the demand.

“We anticipate a very busy weekend as people travel this weekend,” Seminole County Emergency Operations Manager Alan Harris said Tuesday. 


It's also expected to be a busy day for testing over at City Gym in New Smyrna Beach. 

They're open Friday.

City Gym is normally open for testing 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, but today they'll close at 2 p.m.