COVID-19 Testing Information
Drive-through COVID-19 Testing
- The SRC BOCC approved the CARES Act framework which includes contracting with Sacred Heart Hospital to establish two testing sites to test up to 300 people per day, five days a week.
- IMPORTANT: All individuals wanting to be tested MUST CALL the Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart Screening Call Center at (850) 746-2684 in advance. The appointment-based testing is the most efficient use of time, helps avoid waiting for hours in line and provides for quicker (as soon as 48 hours) turnaround.
- Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart was the first organization in the area to begin widespread testing for the coronavirus. Since March 16, Ascension Sacred Heart's drive-thru testing center has provided nasal swab tests to more than 20,000 people in the area.
- No out of pocket cost or copay will be collected but bring photo ID and any insurance cards as insurance will be submitted.
- Remain in your vehicle for the duration of the process.
- Testing will nasal swabs.
- This is not a test for antibodies.
- For further questions, contact the Department of Health (850-564-2307).
|Open until further notice||9 a.m. - 5 p.m.||University of West Florida||parking lot SP2 (near the East Sports Complex)||UWF testing site is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (weather permitting). Self-swabbing is available by appointment. Ages 5-17 require an appointment. Appointments can be made by the following methods: doineedacovid19test.com or by calling, 1-800-635-8611. FL ID required for adults.|
|Every Mon., Wed. and Fri. until further notice||9 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Milton Community Center||5629 Byrom St. in Milton||You MUST CALL to register: (850) 746-2684|
|Every Tues. and Thurs. until further notice||9 a.m. - 1 p.m.||Tiger Point Community Center||1370 Tiger Park Ln. in Gulf Breeze||You MUST CALL to register: (850) 746-2684|
What to expect at community-based testing sites
- You must arrive in a personal vehicle.
- Air conditioning must work.
- All people must be seated next to operating window.
- Each vehicle will be greeted and directed by personnel in full medical protective gear.
- All passengers must stay inside vehicles from arrival to departure.
- Limit the people in your vehicle to those needing testing (maximum of five).
- Your temperature will be checked using a no-touch thermometer.
Each person who meets site testing criteria will be asked for the following:
- Photo ID with current address (place on the dashboard)
- Health insurance card (everyone will be tested regardless of insurance coverage) - there is no out-of-pocket cost
- Healthcare facility employee or first responder ID/badge (if applicable)
Things to consider:
- There are no bathrooms.
- There is no food bank distribution at this location.
- There may be significant wait times.
- A healthcare provider in personal protective equipment will provide you with instructions.
- You will be given a tissue to blow your nose and will need to keep your tissue to dispose on your own.
- A soft swab will be inserted deep into your nose to get the necessary sample. This may be slightly uncomfortable; however, the test is quick and should take less than a minute.
- Once the test is complete, you will move to the final station.
- You will be given information to take with you on what to do while awaiting test results.
- Keep the instruction sheet until you get your test results.
- Depart/exit community-based testing site.
- Follow the instructions on the paper provided by the community-based testing site. Continue to monitor and record symptoms.