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Cape COVID-19 specimen collection site expands days of operation

By Staff | Jul 24, 2020

In order to meet the demand for COVID-19 testing, the city of Cape Coral, in partnership with Lee Health, is increasing the days of operation for its mobile specimen collection site from three days to six days per week beginning July 27. The collection site is located at the Chester Street Resource Center, 4816 Chester St., in Cape Coral, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by appointment only.

“Expanding operations to six days a week allows us to better serve the community,” said Kris Fay, MHA, chief administrative officer, Lee Physician Group, Home Health & Physician Services at Lee Health. “We are pleased with the response the Cape Coral location has received and we look forward to the opportunity to provide more testing to those who need it.”

A physician’s order is required to be tested at the collection site. Patients should contact their primary care provider, visit an urgent care clinic or do a virtual telehealth visit through Lee Telehealth at LeeTelehealth.org to determine if an order is clinically indicated.

With hurricane season in full effect and the potential for inclement weather, the Page Field collection site will now operate Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The testing is by appointment only and a physician’s order is required.

Increased demand for coronavirus testing has led to longer turnaround times to receive results. While awaiting test results, individuals should self-isolate and follow CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Test results will be available from the ordering provider. Patients who are on MyChart will have access to their results through the MyChart app. MyChart can be downloaded from the Apple or Android app store.

For more information, visit LeeHealth.org.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org.