Florida Department of Health does free drive-thru testing for COVID in Columbia County

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Columbia County will conduct free drive-thru testing for COVID-19.

Testing is available for anyone that wants to get tested and children can be tested with parental consent.

No appointment is needed. Officials ask you not to eat, drink or use tobacco products 2 hours before testing. You may drink water prior to testing.

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  • Thursday, November 19th at 9 am – 11 am Southside Sports Complex, 1963 SW Bascom Norris Dr., Lake City, FL
  • Tuesday, November 24th at 1 pm – 3 pm Southside Sports Complex, 1963 SW Bascom Norris Dr., Lake City, FL
  • Thursday, December 3rd at 9 am – 11 am Southside Sports Complex, 1963 SW Bascom Norris Dr., Lake City, FL

Due to the heat and medical protective gear staff must wear, testing will stop at 11 a.m.

Each individual will be asked to provide their last name, first name, address, date of birth and phone number. To expedite the registration process, please have your driver’s license available.

Testing is conducted by health care professionals in medical protective gear who are trained to test for COVID-19.

Officials as you to remain in your vehicle and have each person who will be tested seated next to a working window.

There may be wait times – prepare by having a full tank of gas and drive a vehicle that has a working air conditioner.

For the safety of those in attendance and conducting the testing, no walk-ups will be permitted.

Tests will be a throat swab. This may be slightly uncomfortable; however, the test is quick and should take less than a minute.

Antibody tests will NOT be available.

After being tested, continue to monitor for symptoms and practice social distancing.

Test results are not immediate. It may take up to 48 hours for results. You will receive test results via the telephone number you gave at the time of screening.

Please be patient - calling back to check on your results will not expedite the process.

For more information contact 386-397-6676; 386-406-7006 or email WebInfoColumbia@flhealth.gov.