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Lee Health opens COVID-19 mobile testing site

By Staff | Mar 16, 2020

Lee Health has established a drive-up site to collect specimens for COVID-19 to increase access for the number of people being tested in the community. The mobile site is in the parking lot of the Page Field Lee Convenient Care office, at 4771 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers.

Patients must have an order from their physician or provider and make an appointment before showing up to the site; the requirements are necessary to maintain an orderly collection process. Patients who are experiencing symptoms and do not have a test order should call their primary care physician.

The site opened today at noon and will be open seven days a week from noon to 4 p.m. The site will initially have the capacity to collect up to 32 specimens per day. Lee Health has plans in place to expand the hours and open additional collection sites due to demand.

“Increasing the number of individuals being tested is a priority for Lee Health to help reduce the spread of coronavirus in our community,” Lee Health President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Antonucci said. “This is a key juncture point in managing this disease and Lee Health is doing everything we can to protect the community.”

The mobile site is for collection of COVID-19 samples only. The specimens will be sent to a lab for testing, which takes 3-4 days to return.