Amid the risks of health care professionals being exposed to Coronavirus from patients, Government and public health officials are making it possible for residents nationwide to get testing without setting foot in a health care facility.
The first drive-thru testing site for the state of Florida has opened in West Palm Beach as of Monday morning. Local nonprofit, FoundCare at 2330 South Congress Ave., is administering this testing. Their initial hours will be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. However, patients should call (561) 967-0365 to answer basic screening questions before showing up. Patients will only be tested at the location if they have an appointment code.
Test results should be available in 48 to 72 hours, and patients will be required to self quarantine during that time.
FoundCare announced that it will not charge for its services, but commercial laboratories might.
“Dozens of patients experiencing symptoms have been referred to FoundCare over the past week by the health department, private providers, and other agencies throughout the county,” said Yolette Bonnet, CEO of FoundCare. “We know that the best way to control coronavirus is to keep it contained. … In order to safeguard FoundCare patients as well as staff in the main location of the health center, while serving those seeking coronavirus testing, we made the decision to set up a drive-through testing site.”
More drive-thru testing centers are expected to open in South Florida, which has the highest number of confirmed cases in the state, 149, as of Monday afternoon. On March 15, Governor Ron DeSantis said the National Guard would help Memorial Healthcare System establish a drive-thru coronavirus testing site at Memorial Hospital Miramar.
DeSantis said Florida is purchasing 2,500 testing kits, enough to test 625,000 residents.