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
April 9, 2020 UPDATE
In an effort to increase availability of COVID-19 testing in Florida, AdventHealth will offer 500 or more drive-up tests at Daytona International Speedway starting at 9 a.m. Friday. The effort has been led by the health care system and AdventHealth Centra Care with partners such as Daytona International Speedway.
The tests will be available to anyone who meets the criteria for testing, as set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A doctor’s order in not required for testing.
Those who are symptomatic and wish to be tested should visit AdventHealthCoronaVirusTesting.com to schedule an appointment prior to arrival. They will be asked to enter their contact and insurance information and will be assigned a time to be tested. There will be no out-of-pocket costs, regardless of insurance status. AdventHealth will cover the cost of those who are uninsured. The test consists of coughing and spitting into a cup.
The drive-up testing location is accessed through Daytona International Speedway’s NASCAR Drive entrance at the intersection with ONE DAYTONA. The site will remain open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or as long as testing supplies are available. Results can be expected in approximately 2-3 days. Those tested will receive a text message with instructions on how to retrieve the results. Those who test positive will receive a call from a nurse to review the results.
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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