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The Florida Department of Health in Collier County will temporarily close walk-up testing sites due to Tropical Storm Laura and its anticipated effects on Southwest Florida.

Tropical Depression 13 strengthened into Tropical Storm Laura Friday morning in the Atlantic and Florida is in the forecast cone, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of around 45 miles per hour as of the 9:05 a.m. updated advisory. Tropical Storm Laura is about 230 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is moving west at 21 miles per hour.

The system is expected to be near Puerto Rico on Saturday and current models show it near Florida early next week.

Laura is expected to reach hurricane strength by the time it nears Florida.

Testing sites impacted are as follows:

• Testing at DOH-Collier Immokalee site: 419 North First Street, Immokalee, FL 34142.

  • Closed on Sunday, August 23, 2020
  • Closed on Monday, August 24, 2020
  • Closed on Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Please note: These are outside testing facilities. Dependent on weather, further closures may occur. For more information regarding COVID-19, visit


This article was written by Melvin Vigo~ Melvin Vigo is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Program Director. He's a sucker for ice cream and a good Netflix show. When he's not working, he's probably napping, watching endless Tik Tok videos or at the dog beach. Because why not? You can connect with Melvin on Instagram @mr.hernanlugo