From Florida Department of Health in Orange County
Florida is taking all necessary precautions to keep Floridians safe and healthy. This includes ordering an additional 2,500 test kits to prepare for potential testing increase and supporting installing four drive-thru testing sites to test healthcare workers, first responders and those 65 and older exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
These drive-thru testing facilities reduce surge at health departments and help prevent unnecessary spread at healthcare facilities. Additionally, these sites provide access to testing for those at risk for developing severe symptoms.
There are three federal drive-thru testing sites opening. They will be located at the Orange County Convention Center, the TIAA Bank Field Stadium Lot J and the Hard Rock Stadium. At these sites, individuals will have their swab sample collected and the sample will be sent to nearby approved testing lab.
Breaking: The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) will open a Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site in Orange County on Monday, March 23, 2020.
The testing is by appointment only and it is geared for those high-risk individuals who meet the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 testing criteria.
In order to get screened for the criteria, Orange County, Florida residents can contact the DOH-Orange’s Call Center Monday through Friday; 8am – 5pm at 407-723-5004.
To better gauge the spread of the virus in the community, DOH-Orange plans to implement a random testing effort of selected volunteers. This method of information gathering will further the planning process and will enhance the approaches utilized to combat the virus.
Latest update from Orange County March 22, 2020 news conference:
- The opening of drive-through testing sites are important to all of us, as testing is the key to perfecting our response and mitigation plans. One testing site will be at the parking lot near the Orange County Convention Center and is slated to open on Wednesday, March 25.
- Please note: Orange County Government does not run these testing sites. The sites are run by the Florida Department of Health and Florida Division of Emergency Management. Additionally, the test results will NOT be provided on-site; information will be given regarding timeframe for results to those discharged.
- Visit ocfl.net/coronavirus for information on these sites.
What are the symptoms that would allow me to meet the criteria for testing?
This testing center will initially begin only testing high-risk individuals that meet the below criteria:
-Anyone 65 years old or older with an on-site temperature above 99.6 and respiratory symptoms.
-All first responders and heath care workers, regardless of symptom presence.
When are the testing centers open?
All drive-thru testing sites are expected to be fully operational by mid-week.
Why are you only testing this criteria?
Health care workers and first responders are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Additionally, 65+ individuals are at higher risk of developing serious illness as a result of contracting COVID-19. In order to efficiently utilize resources, such as testing kits and Personal Protective Equipment, providing high-risk individuals these resources is crucial to protecting our communities overall.
How long does the drive-thru take?
This is an innovative tool to address COVID-19. As these centers come online, we will have a greater understanding of how long these processes will take. Individuals should
be prepared for long wait times, we anticipate this will take around 20 minutes per person.
What does the drive-thru testing process entail?
Patients will not be exiting the vehicle. As vehicles enter the center, individuals will be screened for symptoms and asked relevant questions. If patients are determined to fall within the testing criteria, they will then move on to individual registration. Following this, samples will be collected, and individuals will be informed on what to expect regarding testing process, who will contact them and timeframe.
Will you test my spouse/other household members?
If individuals in a vehicle meet the criteria, multiple people can be tested.
Do I need insurance?
No, all individuals who meet the criteria will be tested regardless of insurance status. However, individuals with insurance should bring their information. Please note, no co-pays will be required of individuals who bring their insurance.
Does this test cost money?
This is a free public and innovative resource available to high-risk groups.
I am a tourist from outside the United States and I have symptoms of COVID-19. Can I get tested?
Yes, all individuals who meet the criteria will be tested in order to protect the public health of Florida communities and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
What should I do while I wait for my results?
Results will be processed by approved labs. We ask patients that are under investigation to self-isolate to prevent the risk of spreading illness to those around them. Please be patient as samples are tested and take the necessary precautions to monitor symptoms and self-isolate.
How will I receive results?
At discharge, you will be informed what to expect regarding contact and timeframe.
As a reminder to residents, DOH-Orange recommends these everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
- Social Distancing – stay within six feet of other people;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue;
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
(If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty); and
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.