ORLANDO, Fla. — The city of Orlando opened a new COVID-19 testing site Monday morning at Camping World Stadium. 

What You Need To Know

  • Testing at Camping World Stadium is free

  • But if you have health insurance, you are asked to bring insurance card with you

As the omicron variant continues its rapid spread, Central Florida leaders are once again expanding free testing options to meet demand. The newest testing site is at Camping World Stadium, located at 1 Citrus Bowl Place, and it will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is a big demand currently for more testing options. Over the weekend, long lines of people filed into county-run testing sites as people waited hours just to make sure they'd be tested for COVID-19. 

Demand for testing has spiked in recent weeks as the omicron variant continues its rapid spread through Central Florida and around the globe. 

According to data from the CDC​, omicron now makes up 95% of all COVID-19 cases. The World Health Organization is reporting cases of COVID-19 have “increased sharply” all around the globe. 

In Florida, data from the state’s Department of Health shows the Sunshine State now has a 31% positivity rate, meaning one in every three tests is positive for COVID-19. 

If you need to get tested and cannot find an appointment, starting Monday there are now four free options in Orlando for COVID-19 testing. 

The Orange County-run sites are Barnett Park, Econ Soccer Complex and South Orange Youth Complex daily starting at 9 a.m, as well as Camping World Stadium, run by the city of Orlando

If you want to be tested out at Camping World Stadium, it is free but if you have health insurance, you are asked to bring your insurance card with you. 

You can save time at the testing site too by pre-registering at PatientPortalFL.com before you head out over. 

Orlando resident Harold Hemmings said some of his fully vaccinated and boosted friends have tested positive recently, but was hopeful his test would show he's negative.

“I don’t want to be sitting at home and be wondering do I have it, do I have it?" he said. "I want to make sure I don’t have it."

After being exposed to someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19, Orlando resident Justin Pierre is hoping the test will give him a piece of mind and a negative result. 

“Yeah, of course," Pierre said. "Because I had it before and that thing is no joke. You know, we ought to take it seriously. We made sure that if we have it, we don’t pass it on to somebody else."