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Certain populations prioritized at state-supported COVID testing sites

By Staff | Aug 26, 2020

The Florida Division of Emergency Management announced that state-supported, drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will prioritize testing for symptomatic individuals, those 65 and older, and children under the age of 18 as of Aug. 5.

The adjustment is consistent with CDC guidance issued on July 17, which no longer recommends a test-based strategy to determine when an asymptomatic individual is no longer infectious.

While asymptomatic lanes will still be available, the sites are working to expedite results and make testing more accessible to populations that need it most. They will expand lanes for symptomatic individuals, and ages 65 and older. Under the supervision of health care personnel, the priority lanes will offer self-swab tests with results available within 72 hours.

In Lee County, the drive-thru testing site is at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, at 4100 Ben C. Pratt/ Six-Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. It is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to expanding priority lanes at all state-supported testing sites, the state-supported drive-thru testing sites will begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing to assist with asymptomatic testing.