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Federal Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site to open this Weekend

Published Monday, March 23, 2020

 

The free federally-sponsored drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open Saturday, March 21, at TIAA Bank Field in parking lot J. The site will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for as long as supplies last. While a doctor’s order and appointment are not required at this location, clients will be evaluated by a medical professional on-site. Patients who do not meet the criteria will not receive a test and will be sent home. Test results should be received within three to seven days.

 

“We are grateful for the support of our Federal and State partners as we work continuously to meet the needs of Duval County residents,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. 

 

Testing will be performed for anyone 65 years or older with an on-site temperature of 99.6 degrees or higher who is also exhibiting respiratory symptoms. Additionally, first responders and health care workers who have direct contact with patients will be tested regardless of the presence of symptoms.

Those attempting to be tested should:

 

·         Bring their own pen

·         Bring photo identification

·         Bring a work ID if classified as a health care worker or first responder

·         Refrain from taking any fever-reducing medicine four to six hours before testing

·         Remain inside of the vehicle at all times.

 

A maximum of four people per car will be screened and tested; each person must be sitting at a functioning window. Additional passengers will be asked to move to the back of the line or return the following day.

 

Patients should not arrive before 8 a.m. As long lines are expected, drivers must follow the directions of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office traffic officers.

 

·         Drivers coming from the West side of town should use Bay Street.

·         Drivers coming from the East side should use Gator Bowl Boulevard.

 

Public restrooms will not be available. American Sign Language and Spanish-language interpreters will be on-site to assist.

 

CONTACT:

Nikki Kimbleton

media@coj.net