COVID-19 testing site
Hillsborough County opened its ninth public site for COVID-19 testing in the parking lot adjacent to the USF Health Therapy (MDT) building, at 3515 E. Fletcher Ave., in Tampa.
The hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.
There is no charge for the testing, and health insurance is not required.
Anyone who wants to be tested must register for an appointment in advance online at HCFLGov.net/COVIDTesting.
To make an appointment by phone, call (888) 513-6321 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The USF testing site is open to all Hillsborough County residents.
In addition to drive-thru testing, this location will accommodate people who arrive on foot or by bicycle.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has named its Star Award volunteers for the second quarter.
- Frank Cianci has accumulated 2,700 hours and more than 15 years of volunteer service as a courier.
- Charles Roe has been volunteering as a courier for more than eight years with 2,700-plus hours of service.
- Mary Ellen Yost has volunteered four years in the Volunteer Office, accumulating more than 5,000 hours of service.
“These outstanding volunteers have shown exceptional service with our patients, visitors and staff and have gone above and beyond therefore deserving of this award,” said Donna Owen, director of Volunteers and Pastoral Care, in a hospital news release.
Sunrise of Pasco charity
Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s five offices will be collecting donations in September to assist the Sunrise of Pasco County’s Domestic & Sexual Violence Center. The mission of Sunrise is to prevent domestic and sexual violence before it ever happens. If it does, Sunrise is dedicated to assisting victims to escape those conditions, and find safety and freedom in the community. In 2019 alone, over 13,600 individual shelter stays (overnights) were provided in Pasco County.
Sunrise is seeking donations specifically to increase the funding for its children’s programs, including school supplies, meals and recreational activities for kids in the shelter or outreach programs.
Cash donations can be made at any of the five tax collector locations in Pasco County.
For more about the charitable giving programs at the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office, call Assistant Tax Collector Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179, or visit PascoTaxes.com.
Wesley Chapel Chiropractic is the Gold winner in the 2020 Best of the Best People’s Choice Awards, presented by the Tampa Bay Times.
In the Tampa Bay region, more than 115,000 votes were cast to determine the leading businesses in more than 180 categories.
The companies received nominations from the public earlier this year. The top three vote-getters won a spot on the 2020 Best of the Best list.
For a complete list of the 2020 Best of the Best in Tampa Bay, visit TampaBay.com/best.
BayCare, a great place to work
BayCare Health System has been named one of the top companies in the United States by Great Place to Work and People magazine, for supporting team members and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BayCare ranked No. 6 for its critical role in responding to COVID-19 and how it impacted the community and team members. The ranking is based on survey feedback from more than 4.7 million employees across the country.
BayCare was one of the first health systems in West Central Florida to launch multiple drive-thru testing sites across the region, testing about 50,000 patients for COVID-19 since mid-March, according to a BayCare news release.
And, BayCare pioneered an online screening tool, launched a nurse triage hotline and provided extensive information through a dedicated website.