As Lee County COVID cases go up, so does need for testing but options remain low

Reporter: Taylor Wirtz
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A drive-thru testing site will return to CenturyLink on Friday. It was previously a walk up site.

COVID-19 cases are surging.

But as cases increase, it seems opportunities to get tested for COVID-19 are not.

Many viewers are frustrated over how difficult it is to get a COVID test. Appointments can take days to secure and then a few more days for results.

The shelves at drugstores holding at-home tests are bare.

Many are also wondering about the former testing site at CenturyLink.

For more than a year, the ballpark served as the place to find peace of mind.

The public could line up with relative ease for a quick COVID test.

But that ended in May.

In its place, private urgent care, health departments and pharmacies.

“Life is horrible,” Bill Taylor said. “While you’re waiting for those results. It’s just awful. I feel very bad for people that have to wait.”

Taylor, a Cape Coral native, has been vaccinated but as he puts it, he is in Michigan, hiding from the virus.

Taylor said finding a test in Michigan is much easier than in Florida.

Curative ran the site at CenturyLink.

WINK News called them to see if they would be returning but they didn’t have an answer.

The State Department of Emergency Management, which supported the site, referred us to the Florida Department of Health, which has not gotten back to WINK News.

The Department of Health in Collier County has expanded testing twice.

“Florida Department of Health in Collier County is seeing upwards to 100 people getting tested for COVID-19 we are seeing approximately 20 people a day getting the vaccine,” said Kristine Hollingsworth, spokeswoman for FDOH-Collier County.

Hollingsworth said they have expanded from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is in direct correlation with the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Southwest Florida,” Hollingsworth said.

Appointments are needed for the site, but that doesn’t guarantee an appointment since the weather can postpone it.

Curative runs two other testing sites in Lee County, one in Cape Coral and one in Lehigh Acres.

They still have appointments available but a note on the website emphasizes that high demand may mean at least two days for results.


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