Depending where you live along the First Coast, you have several options for where to get tested if you think you might have COVID-19.
A new coronavirus testing site is open at the Emmett Reed Community Center in Jacksonville as part of the governor's push to get testing to underserved communities. The testing is being offered through a partnership between the state health department and UF Health Shands.
The site at the Emmett Reed Community Center on Sixth Street is open Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be set up again Friday at the community center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 walk-Up testing available at Kooker Park located at 1400 East 20th Street Jacksonville FL 32206 starting Friday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you can drive and have access to a vehicle, please use the drive-thru testing that is available for free at the TIAA Bank Field Stadium - Lot J.
For more information, go to www.jaxready.com/virus or call 904-630-2489.
To get the testing you have to be 65 or older or have a UF Health Jacksonville primary care physician. However, they're also testing people who don't meet the criteria and don't have symptoms as part of a UF research study. They'll be evaluating a cross-section of the public, which is about 2,000 people over the next few weeks.
UF Health officials say they will announce the locations and times for next week's testing sites soon. You can also call 904-244-4420 with any questions.
The City of Jacksonville also announced that COVID-19 testing will be available in Walmart locations, but further details are expected to be released during the week of April 26.
Another new testing location opened April 24 at the Henry L. Brown Kooker Park. It is located at 1400 East 20th Street. It will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone can come for testing and people must stay 6 feet apart and wear a mask (or ask for one at the site). You should bring your ID and rain gear if rain is in the forecast. This is a free testing site.
Two testing sites for the coronavirus or COVID-19 are now open in downtown Jacksonville: one at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and another at TIAA Bank Field. But people wanting the test should not just show up. There are guidelines in place.
TIAA Bank Field Testing Site
The federal testing drive-thru site for the coronavirus, or COVID-19,opened Saturday at 9 a.m. in Lot J. It will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- All ages can get tested. You must have have respiratory symptoms.
- Testing is also open to healthcare and first responders who will have direct contact with patients. Dental workers are not eligible.
- You cannot show up before 9 a.m.
- You must arrive in a vehicle with a maximum of four people per vehicle
- A doctor screening is not required ahead of time. There are on-site doctors who will determine if you meet the criteria for COVID-19.
- Bring a photo ID and insurance card if you have one (insurance is not required)
- Bring their own pen
- Bring photo identification
- Bring a work ID if classified as a health care worker or first responder
- Refrain from taking any fever-reducing medicine four to six hours before testing
How much will it cost?
Free of charge
If you're coming from the Westside: Use Bay Street
If you're coming from the Eastside: Use Gator Bowl Boulevard
Cars lined up along Bay Street throughout the day Saturday as authorities opened the Lot J site. The testing site is an effort between federal, state and local authorities, with equipment and designation from the federal government.
"A week and a half ago, none of us were in the mobile medical testing site building and management business," said City of Jacksonville Chief Administrative Officer Brian Hughes. "We are today."
The testing site will remain in operation for the coming days. According to the city, tests will be conducted as long as they are available.
"It really does go back to the individual and how you're going to take care of yourself, your family, your friends, and do everything we can not to expose other people to the sickness," said Steven Woodard, Jacksonville's Director of Emergency Preparedness.
Prime Osborn Convention Center Testing Site
A city-sponsored testing drive-thru site opened at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Downtown Jacksonville on Friday and will remain open seven days a week starting at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- You must be a Duval County resident and be approved through pre-screening
- You must first be pre-screened using the Telescope Health mobile application.
- You are encouraged to get pre-screened if you have:
- A fever of 100.4°F or higher combined with either a dry cough or shortness of breath, OR
- Travel on any cruise ship within the past 14 days or travel to a known COVID-19 hotspot and are experiencing any of the symptoms above
- This testing will be prioritizing those in the community who are ages 65 are over, have pre-existing conditions, healthcare workers and/or first responders.
- Bring your driver’s license and Telescope Health physician order
How much does it cost?
- When you download the Telescope Health app or go to its website, register for a free account. Enter the promo code "HERE4YOU" to receive a discounted rate of $25, which you will be reimbursed by the city. If you don't use the promo code, it's $49.
Crucial Care Testing Site
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Weekends from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: 11048 Baymeadows Road
Cost: Dependent upon the medical insurance carrier
Process: Patients can call ahead, schedule online, or walk in. Patients exhibiting symptoms are tested from their car. All care is overseen by our in-house emergency medicine doctors.
Flagler County is opening up testing to certain Flagler County residents.
County residents with either:
- Underlying conditions (weakened immune systems) AND COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath); or
- 65 years old, or older AND COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath)
can call 386-313-4200 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to complete a short screening process, and potentially be given an appointment.
Residents that call and qualify will be given a weekday appointment time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Palm Coast campus of Daytona State College, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway Southeast.
This new option is in addition to already available testing for residents and workers, through:
- Primary and workplace healthcare providers
- The AdventHealth drive-up site at Daytona International Speedway. Please visit AdventHealthCoronaVirusTesting.com for details
- The Florida Department of Health - Flagler at their Bunnell Clinic. Please call 386-437-7350 for details
- A local Urgent Care Center, please call them directly for details and availability
- AdventHealth Centra Care – Palm Coast, 386-225-463
- AdventHealth Centra Care – Ormond, 386-317-9055
- Mediquick – Palm Coast, 386-447-6615
- Mediquick – Palm Coast, 386-597-282
ST. JOHNS COUNTY
Flagler Health+ has an outdoor test collection site for patients who have a physician's order for COVID-19 testing and have pre-registered.
Location: 400 Healthpark Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32086. Outdoors at tent
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Flagler Health+ says "We know there are many people in our community desiring to be tested and understand your frustration. Flagler Health+ currently has a limited quantity of test kits available and we must focus first on ensuring that our community's most vulnerable people with symptoms and risk for complications get the testing and care they need."
Flagler Health+ is also offering a reduced rate of $25 for people to see a doctor online who may not have a primary care doctor. The online doctor will determine if they need to be tested or not based on their symptoms and an algorithm. The online doctor can also prescribe medications for certain other diagnoses. For additional information visit www.flaglerhospital.org.
Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County
The DOH in St. Johns County is collecting specimens for COVID-19 laboratory testing by appointment only for those who meet CDC criteria for testing.
Location: St. Johns County Health & Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine
For more information, the DOH in St. Johns County's COVID-19 call center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 904-209-3250.
Avecina Medical - Julington Creek Branch
Avecina Medical is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Collection is being treated as an urgent care doctor's visit. Clients must bring a photo ID and insurance card. The collection facility has a tent outside and requests visitors wait in their cars for paperwork to be brought to them by a staff member.
Location: 1633 Race Track Rd, St Johns
For more information, call 904-230-6988 or click here.
Clay County Emergency Management
Clay County Emergency Management announced Monday there is a call center open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer any questions county residents might have. The number is 1-877-252-9362.
There is also a website with COVID-19 data available at alert.claycountygov.com.
OTHER FLORIDA COUNTIES
Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health says you should call your County Health Department or your own doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms like cough or difficulty breathing.
DOH says to tell them about your symptoms and your exposure and they can tell you whether you need to be tested.
CAMDEN AND GLYNN COUNTIES
Southeast Georgia Health System
The Southeast Georgia Health System has a hotline staffed with nurses and providers who can offer immediate access to Southeast Georgia Physician Associates health care providers if needed. Patients who meet the criteria for an in-person screening will be given an appointment and instructions for a virtual or in-person exam and, if warranted, instructions for testing.
Call: 912-466-7222 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ALL GEORGIA COUNTIES
State of Georgia COVID-19 hotline
The State of Georgia has a COVID-19 hotline that you can call if you believe you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to the coronavirus. Call your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic before arriving. Do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or doctor's office, the state's Department of Health website says.
Hotline number: 844-442-2681
See more information about symptoms and testing for COVID-19 and what to do if you were exposed to coronavirus.