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DOH-St. Johns County Health Department Offers Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing

By Noreen Nickola-Williams

May 08, 2020

Saint Augustine, Fla. – Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County has expanded COVID-19 Specimen Collection Testing to include those individuals who are asymptomatic (without signs or symptoms of COVID-19) and wish to know their current status. This point-in-time testing is not antibody testing, it is diagnostic testing to show if an individual currently has the COVID-19 virus. This will provide information regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 within our community so we can best prepare and respond to this public health threat.

Department of Health in St. Johns County’s expanded testing initiative, called “May2Day”, began on May 7, 2020 in support of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.

Starting on Friday, May 8th, Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County’s COVID-19 Specimen Collection for Lab Testing will be offered, while supplies last and weather permitting, on a first come, first serve basis, Monday through Saturday from 9am to 4pm and on Sunday from 9am to 12pm.

Those who wish to be tested, please note the following:

  • This Expanded COVID-19 specimen collection / testing is a free service;
  • No more than four (4) people in the car;
  • A form of photo identification is needed for each person to be tested;
  • Bring your own pen to use when completing testing forms;
  • For the health and safety of public health responders, all people in the car over age 2 must have a mask or other alternative face covering; and
  • No pets in the car.

Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County’s COVID-19 Specimen Collection Site will be staged in the parking lot of the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building located at 200 San Sebastian View, Saint Augustine, FL 32084. Additional sites may be utilized on an occasional basis, as deemed necessary, to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, which may require a change in days or times at this location.

As part of this expanded community testing effort, the COVID-19 Specimens for Testing will be shipped to a state-contracted commercial laboratory. Results of COVID-19 testing will be provided as the lab results become available to the Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County.

For more information on Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County’s COVID-19 Expanded Specimen Collection for Testing, please call 904-209-3250 or visit: StJohns.FloridaHealth.gov

For information on COVID-19 in Florida, including health protection information, daily reports by county, and the COVID-19 Dashboard, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated website: www.FloridaHealthCoVID19.gov

The COVID-19 Call Center which is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at: 1-866-779-6121. Inquiries can also be submitted to the Florida Department of Health via email: COVID-19@FLHealth.gov

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