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Where to find free COVID-19 tests on the First Coast

As a way to help track the active cases and prevent further spread of the virus in Jacksonville, it's important that you get tested if you have been exposed.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville is one of the most affected cities by surging COVID-19 cases.

In response to the spike in cases, several hospitals are postponing surgeries and limiting the number of visitors.

As a way to help track the active cases and prevent the further spread of the virus in Jacksonville, it's important that people get tested if they believe they have been exposed to the virus.

Here is a county-by-county list of locations where you can get free COVID-19 tests, followed by a list you may purchase a test or find an alternative.

*NOTE: Some COVID-19 tests listed as 'paid' are actually free with insurance. Please check with the facility before arrival.

COVID-19 Tests:

Multiple locations on First Coast:

Duval County Free Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing.

  • Quest Direct - Two locations, one in Baymeadows and one on San Pablo Road. Testing by appointment only. Tap here to schedule a test.
  • Florida Department of Health - Duval Central Health Plaza. Located at 515 W. 6th Street. Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone: 904-253-1850. This location will end operations Wednesday.
  • COVID-19 Clinic Testing Site - Town Center near Dick’s Sporting Goods. This opens Thursday, 8/12 at 1 p.m. For hours of operation and to locate the testing site in the center’s parking lot, please visit: covidclinic.org/testing-sites. Questions during registration will verify every patient’s free eligibility for diagnostic testing. Travel related services are not included.
  • Lane Wiley Senior Center located at 6710 Wiley Road, 32210. Hours for COVID-19 testing will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Clanzel T. Brown Community Center located at 4545 Moncrief Road, 32209. Hours for COVID-19 testing will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Beaches Location (former Kmart) -  located at 540 Atlantic Boulevard, 32266. Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Closed from 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. daily. More information can be found here.
  • Emmett Reed Community Center located at 1093 W. 6th Street, 32209 - These sites will be operated by the Duval Department of Health. Services include COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Hours for testing and vaccinations will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments will not be required. 
  • Cuba Hunter Community Center located at 4380 Bedford Road, 32207. These sites will be operated by the Duval Department of Health. Services include COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Hours for testing and vaccinations will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments will not be required.

Duval County Alternative Testing

These may cost money. Most, however, are free with insurance or a doctor's note. Your employer may also cover costs after the fact.

Baker County Free Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing

  • CVS Pharmacy - COVID Test at 121 West Macclenny Avenue, Macclenny, FL 32063
  • Baker Rural Health Clinic - COVID-19 Antibody Testing. Baker Rural Health Clinic is now offering COVID-19 antibody testing during regular hours of operation by appointment only. An antibody test will help assess if you have antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 or if you have had a previous infection. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (904) 653-4700 ext. 5001 or ext. 5002.

Bradford County Free Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing

  • Bradford County Fair Grounds - Located at 2300 N Temple Av., Starke, FL 32091. Testing available 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 904-964-7732, press #. No Physician’s order required and no appointment required.

Clay County Free Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing

  • Clay Department of Health - Bear Run Clinic is located 3229 Bear Run Boulevard, Orange Park. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. An appointment is required. Call 904-272-3177 to schedule.
  • COVID-19 testing will be available by appointment at Omega Park, located at 4317 CR 218, Middleburg, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning this Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Individuals will need to show proof of identification and insurance information. Patients without insurance can still be tested at no cost, but proof of identification is still required. Appointments are highly encouraged, but walk-ups are welcome. Be wary of the weather and heat the day you plan to visit. Masks are encouraged. For appointments, please visit www.curative.com. Call 888-702-9042 for assistance.

Clay County Alternative Testing

These may cost money. Most, however, are free with insurance or a doctor's note. Your employer may also cover costs after the fact.

Flagler County Free Testing

Due to a special event at the Flagler County Fairgrounds this weekend, the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) will offer COVID-19 testing at its main office at 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell.

 The modified weekend schedule follows:

  • Friday, 8AM to 12PM
  • Saturday, 9AM to 11AM
  • Sunday, 9AM to 11AM

Starting Monday, Aug. 30, testing will resume at the Flagler County Fairgrounds weekdays from 8AM to 12 noon and weekends from 9AM to 11AM.

Priority will be given to any students, faculty and school staff of public or private schools in Flagler County, followed by the general public, who need testing appointments by calling 386-437-7350 ext. 0.

The weekday testing schedule for August 30 through September 6 follows:

  • Monday, August 30, 8AM to 12 noon, Flagler County Fairgrounds
  • Tuesday, August 31, 8AM to 12 noon, Flagler County Fairgrounds
  •  Wednesday, September 1, 8AM to 12 noon, Flagler County Fairgrounds
  • Thursday, September 2, 8AM to 12 noon, Flagler County Fairgrounds
  • Friday, September 3, 8AM to 12 noon, Flagler County Fairgrounds
  •  Saturday, September 4, 9AM to 11AM, Flagler County Fairgrounds
  •  Sunday, September 5,  9AM to 11AM, Flagler County Fairgrounds
  • Monday, September 6, CLOSED for Labor Day Holiday

Vaccinations continue to be offered at 301 Dr. Carter Blvd three afternoons a week -- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:00PM well into September. Appointments are preferred; Walk-ins are welcome.

St. Johns County Free Testing

  • Nomi Health/St. Johns County COVID-19 Testing Site - Free COVID-19 testing between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week, beginning Monday, August 16. Signs will be posted directing traffic to the Wind Mitigation Building near the St. Johns County Agricultural Center, located at 3111 Agricultural Center Dr. The site will provide PCR and rapid (antigen) COVID-19 tests for those 12 months and older, but recipients may only choose one. There is no appointment necessary to receive a COVID-19 test, and insurance is not required. Additionally, you do not have to be symptomatic to get tested.
  • Downtown St. Augustine -In partnership with Flagler Health+, the City and Ivy Medical.  Drive - thru at S. Castillo Dr., North end of the Parking Garage. Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. Free of charge. Pre-register on the Flagler Health+ Anywhere app
  • SR 16 in St. Johns County: In partnership with St. Johns County and Nomi Health. St. Johns County Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive. Daily, 7 am - 4 pm. Free of charge. Appointments not necessary, but strongly encouraged. Pre-register HERE.

St. Johns County Alternative Testing

These may cost money. Most, however, are free with insurance or a doctor's note. Your employer may also cover costs after the fact.

  • Flagler Health+ in partnership with the City of St. Augustine and Ivy Medical -  Located at the bus loop of the city’s Visitor Information Center at 10 S. Castillo Drive. Beginning Monday, Aug.16, the site will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Patients must pre-register for their test by downloading the Flagler Health+ Anywhere app or going to the Flagler Health Anywhere website. COST: Self-Pay: $150, With Insurance: $52

First Coast News is working on updating this story to include more counties.

Thank you for your patience.