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Lee Health COVID-19 testing site open in Cape Coral

By Staff | Mar 24, 2020

The largest city in Southwest Florida in terms of land mass and population now has a COVID-19 mobile collection site within its municipal boundaries.

Lee Health on Monday opened its second mobile collection site at the Cape Coral Sports Complex. The first began operations March 16 at Page Field.

At these sites, health care workers can collect specimen samples from the public to be sent to a lab and tested for the new coronavirus.

As of Tuesday morning, 32 residents in Lee County and 1,412 statewide had tested presumptive positive for the current global pandemic.

“We are glad we were able to open a Cape Coral location to make collection more convenient for those living here,” said Dr. Karen Calkins of Lee Physician Group. “Collection today ran smoothly, and we will expand the number of available appointments as necessary to meet the needs of the community.”

Currently, the mobile testing sites at Cape Coral Sports Complex and Page field are open seven days-a-week; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cape Coral and noon to 4 p.m. at Page Field.

Residents will need both a doctor’s order and an appointment to be tested. Those who do not have an appointment will not have the opportunity.

“A test order from a doctor and an appointment are required,” said Jonothan Little, spokesperson for Lee Health. “Some people have shown up without these and were turned away.”

As of now, 40 specimens per day can be collected at the Cape Coral mobile location. Little said about 500 specimens were collected at Page Field last week.

If the need increases, test capacity will adjust, officials said.

“(Collection numbers) will be expanded as needed,” Little said.

When asked if these mobile collection sites have had an impact of Lee Health employees, Little said, testing “Has not affected staffing.”

Lee Health will send the specimens to a lab for testing, which takes 3-4 days to process and return. The collection site is for collection of COVID-19 samples only.

Lee Health officials reiterate that you must have an appointment scheduled by your physician or provider to be eligible to have a sample collected at the mobile site.

Officials said a patient’s physician or provider will determine if the patient meets testing criteria and if they should be tested. If your physician deems you should be tested, an appointment will be made through your provider.

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