Due to Southwest Florida being within the cone of uncertainty for Possible Tropical Cyclone #9 as of Wednesday, a number of COVID-19 testing sites in the region will be shut down temporarily.
The question is will they remain closed through the weekend because of the storm? We’re waiting for word from the health department.
On Thursday, we did not see a rush to get a test before the storm.
One thing to note — just because some of the testing sites are closed, “we are still offering testing so if you’re high priority individual or exhibiting symptoms you can call our screening line you can call your primary care physician and you can call urgent care,” said Collier County Health Department Spokesperson Kristine Hollingsworth.
There are also other alternatives if you absolutely need a test. Call your local health department if you have symptoms. You will be given high priority. Some doctors’ offices offer testing as do select CVS and Walmart stores.
State testing sites in SWFL
The Florida State Emergency Operations Center confirms all state-supported drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites will temporarily close 5 p.m. Thursday in anticipation of impacts from Potential Tropical Cyclone #9.
The state division also emphasized symptomatic individuals are prioritized at drive-through testing sites and will receive results within 72 hours. While sites are closed, individuals are encouraged to follow all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the recent public health advisory issued by the Florida Department of Health.
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Florida Department of Health in Collier County plans to temporarily close walk-up testing sites due to Potential Tropical Cyclone #9 and its anticipated effects on Southwest Florida.
Impacted test sites included:
- Testing at Fellowship Church: 1411 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee, FL 34142. Closed on Thursday, July 30, 2020
- Testing at Golden Gate Community Center: 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples, 34116. Closed on Friday, July 31, 2020
- Testing at DOH-Collier Immokalee site: 419 North First Street, Immokalee, FL 34142. Closed on Sunday, August 2, 2020 Closed on Monday, August 3, 2020
These are outside testing facilities. DOH-Collier County says, dependent on weather, further closures could occur.
For a full list of testing sites in Collier County, click here.
Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades counties also has an updated schedule for county COVID-19 testing sites from July 31 through Aug. 7.
Due to the uncertainty of the tropical weather, the health department has made modifications to the COVID-19 testing schedule:
- Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle: 1140 Pratt Blvd (863) 674-4041; Friday, July 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Schedule is full)
- Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven: 1021 Health Park Drive (863) 946-0707; Monday, August 3, NO TESTING due to tropical weather uncertainty.
- Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston: 1100 S. Olympia (863) 983-1408; Wednesday, August 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (By appointment only) (Weather permitting) SUBJECT TO CHANGE; Update will be sent out Monday, August 3.
- Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle: 1140 Pratt Blvd (863) 674-4041; Friday, August 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (By appointment only) (Weather permitting) SUBJECT TO CHANGE; Update will be
sent out Monday, August 3.
Impacted test sites included:
- Charlotte County Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte – This site will temporarily close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaias will remain closed until safe to reopen, anticipated to be reopened at the latest by 8 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5
- Publix at Port Charlotte Crossing, 4265 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte – This state-testing site will temporarily close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaias will remain closed until safe to reopen, anticipated to be reopened at the latest by 8 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5
- Robert Taylor Community Center Clinic, 1845 34th St., Sarasota – This state-testing site will temporarily close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaias will remain closed until safe to reopen, anticipated to be reopened at the latest by 8 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5
For a full list of testing sites in Charlotte County, click here.
Call in advance for testing through county health departments. Contact information for all counties is available here.
A list of all state-supported testing sites can be found at the Florida Division of Emergency Management website.
This story will be updated with details for other county testing sites when that information is available.