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City Commissioner Gets Tested For COVID-19 To Raise Awareness

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Robbie Gaffney
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City Commissioner Elaine Bryant stands outside Bragg Memorial Stadium where she was just tested for COVID-19.

City Commissioner Elaine Bryant is trying to show residents that COVID-19 testing is safe. To do that, she's gone to Florida A & M University's walk-up test site.

Bryant says she doesn't feel sick but wants to show Tallahassee that it's safe to come and get tested. A worker pulls out what looks to be a long Q-tip, and Bryant opens her mouth. After getting swabbed, she walks out of the stadium, and workers cheer for her.

"As a leader in this city, the more information that we can actually obtain, I think, will better equip us and prepare us for how to strategically open up our city to business as well as to people's safety," Bryant says.

Currently, FAMU's test site is slated to close May 14, but that date could get pushed back if demand continues. Bryant is encouraging people to come while the place is still open.

Officials aren't disclosing how many people were found to have COVID-19, but say more than 2,000 people have been tested so far.