Long lines at CenturyLink COVID-19 test site regardless of appointment

People have been experiencing long lines at Nomi Health’s drive-thru COVID-19 test site at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Lee County. Some people say they have waited hours for testing. The drive-thru site at CenturyLink is supposed to handle both drivers with appointments and those who just decide to show up. So far, people say there’s […]

Many disappointed after Cape Coral COVID-19 test site closes without explanation

UPDATE: The Curative test site reopened Thursday morning. — People who showed up for a COVID-19 test at a site in Southwest Florida were met with a locked door even after it said operations would continue. The Curative site in Cape Coral said it would discontinue administering COVID-19 vaccines at its location but said it […]

Mass test/vaccine sites start to go away, but will stick around in smaller scale

The future of a Southwest Florida county’s coronavirus resources is up in the air, as two major closure announcements were made in two days by Lee County leaders. Lee County’s COVID-19 testing site and large-scale vaccination site are both shutting down. Test swabs for COVID-19 are not in high demand at the moment because of […]

Health experts say one negative COVID-19 test result not enough to travel

Sunday, more than 1 million travelers were screened at airport security checkpoints ahead of Thanksgiving. Most people prepared for their flights by getting tested for COVID-19 before they went up in the air. But health experts warn one negative test result is not an indication of being safe to travel. Getting ready for Thanksgiving for […]

FDA allows 1st rapid virus test that gives results at home

U.S. regulators on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed and developed entirely at home. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important step in U.S. efforts to expand testing options for COVID-19 beyond health care facilities and testing sites. However, the test will require […]

Health service says there is solution for COVID-19 test backlogs ahead of flu season

Many of you have spent days full of anxiousness and worry wondering if you have the coronavirus. You’ve waited weeks to get your COVID-19 test result back. Lee Health mentioned Thursday the increased demand is causing a longer wait for results. Wednesday, Quest Diagnostics warned this flu season, the wait time could get even worse […]

SWFL hospitals shown as testing 100% positive for COVID-19, but they say that’s wrong

Is Florida’s positivity rate accurate? Several organizations that perform tests for the coronavirus show a 100% positivity rate, including many Southwest Florida hospital systems. The state says it’s working with the labs to make sure they are reported correctly, but the hospitals say they are submitting it right to begin with. So where’s the mistake? […]

Testing still not enough of a certainty to allow for nursing home visitations

It’s been months since visitors were allowed inside nursing homes, and we know many people are missing their loved ones. We got our first look Thursday at another reason why visitations aren’t allowed yet at long-term care facilities. Dr. Benjamin Abo with NCH in Collier County says it is still too much of a risk […]

CVS wants to administer COVID-19 tests at 1,000 locations nationwide

CVS Health announced it will soon be able to test people for the coronavirus at many of its pharmacies during the president’s Monday White House briefing held in the Rose Garden. CVS wants tests at 1,000 of its locations nationwide. Walgreens is also jumping in to help. In a matter of days CVS will offer […]