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You Might Want To Think Twice About Getting A COVID Test At A Random Pop-Up Site

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With no break from the pandemic, brake shops are now home to pop-up COVID testing sites.

They’re also being set up just a stone’s throw from public storage and on the side of busy streets.

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“Have you noticed all these pop up testing sites and are you nervous at all going to those?” CBS4’s Joel Waldman asked someone getting tested.

“No, those are normally the ones I go to,” the person responded.

But, you might want to think twice warns a former Miami-Dade Health Department medical director.

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“When there’s a surge and a way to make money, they will pop up. People are scared. They’ll have customers,” said Dr. Kunjana Mavunda.

What most customers don’t know is many of these sites are unlicensed with non-FDA approved test kits purchased online from places like Mexico or China, some even expired.

“The site should be a medical facility, whether it is run by the county or by an urgent care center or a hospital or a reliable lab like Quest or LabCorp. Those are sites you want to go to,” Mavunda said.

Officials at both the Miami-Dade and the Broward County Health Departments admit they’re too overwhelmed to conduct proper oversight. And, while they declined our offer to go on camera, they did suggest using county websites to find a properly vetted testing location, not a pop-up site.

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CBS4 also reached out to the Florida Department of Health who also suggest you use their website.

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Florida police officer injured in crash

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A Florida police officer was hospitalized Monday evening after a crash with two other vehicles, according to authorities.

At around 5:15 p.m., a crash involving an Ocala officer was reported outside of a residential area at the intersection of West Silver Springs Boulevard and Southwest 23rd Avenue, Ocala Police Department said.

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The officer was listed as a “trauma alert” but is expected to be okay, OPD said.

No other serious injuries were reported.

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Ocala police are investigating the crash.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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Brr! Orlando wakes up to coldest temperatures of the year

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Orlando residents woke up to a chilly start Tuesday morning, with temperatures projected to stay cold today.

Temperatures before sunrise were 42 degrees in the City Beautiful, which should later see temperature highs increase to 64 as skies are forecast to remain sunny, according to Maureen McCann From Spectrum of the News 13 weather team.

Tuesday’s low will fall back down to 45 in the evening.

“Future cast has us with sunshine for our Tuesday and clear skies tonight, but tomorrow a southeasterly wind will start to develop during the afternoon, and that is going to promote some warmer temperatures,” McCann said.

Sunshine is forecast for the rest of the week, with chances of showers re-emerging into skies by Friday with a 30% chance of rain.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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1 dead, 4 injured after man opens fire outside Chicagoan Bar in NW Miami-Dade

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NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has died and four others were injured following a shooting outside a bar in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The shooting happened at the Chicagoan Bar, located at 10702 NW 7th Ave, at around midnight on Tuesday.

The deceased individual was reportedly drinking at the bar and refused to pay his bill.

Security eventually removed him from the bar.

He then drove away, returned to the bar, stopped in the middle of the street then began firing several rounds at the bar’s security, according to police.

Another security guard came from inside the bar and returned fire, killing the patron.

One of the security guards was shot and taken to a local hospital.

Three women were also caught in the crossfire — two of them were transported to the hospital while the third was treated on the scene after being grazed.

All victims taken to the hospital are in stable condition.

Several homicide detectives continue to investigate.

Those who frequent the area are advised to seek alternative routes until the scene has cleared.

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