With growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, more and more people are seeking testing for the virus.
Getting Tested for Coronavirus COVID-19 in Florida
Each state is responsible for their testing and how to handle the efforts and guidlines. The Florida Department of Health has issued their guidelines for residents that believe they have been exposed to the virus and are seeking testing.
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- Call your health care provider or county health department if you are symptomatic to determine the need for testing.
- To be prioritized for testing, patients must meet the state’s criteria, which evaluates a combination of symptoms and risk factors. Their samples will be sent to the closest laboratory.
- If you don’t meet priority criteria, you can discuss with your provider about possibly getting tested at a commercial laboratory (e.g. LabCorp or Quest).
- State lab results are generally available within 24-48 hours. Commercial labs can take three to four days. Turnaround time can for all be affected by demand.
- For more coronavirus information, call the Florida information line at 866-779-6121 or visit Florida Department of Health’s website.
If you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus COVID-19, you must self quarantine yourself during this process to further prevent the spread of the virus.
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