DOH-Columbia & DOH-Hamilton Announce Updated Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Schedule

Staff Reporter
LAKE CITY AND JASPER, FL -- The Florida Department of Health in Columbia and Hamilton Counties has announced an updated FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing schedule running through the end of December. Their statement reads as follows:
"The Florida Department of Health in Columbia and Hamilton counties will conduct NO-COST drive-thru testing for COVID-19. Testing is available for anyone that wants to get tested; no signs or symptoms needed. Children can be tested with parental consent. No appointment is needed.  Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products 2 hours before testing. You may drink water prior to testing.

 (Weather Permitting)

Testing will conclude at designated time or a maximum of 250 tests, whichever is first.

Tuesday, December 29th  @ 9 am – 11 am Hamilton County Health Department, 209 SE Central Avenue, Jasper, FL

Tuesday, December 29th @ 1 pm – 3 pm Southside Sports Complex, * 1963 SW Bascom Norris Dr., Lake City, FL  

*Follow directional signs 

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. You will remain in your vehicle. Each person to be tested should be 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 working air conditioner/heat.

 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 [email protected].

Baya Pharmacy East provides FREE drive thru testing for COVID-19.  Visit, select Florida, then select Baya Health Mart Pharmacy East to register. The turn-around time for results is 48-72 hours.

CVS Health offers no-cost drive-thru testing at select CVS Pharmacy locations in Lake City; visit the website below for more information and locations.

If you are unable to test at one of the locations/dates above visit the website for other testing locations or contact your primary care provider to be tested. All primary care practices have the ability to conduct COVID-19 testing.  If any of the state provided, free options listed above are not available, reach out to your primary care physician or commercial testing sites for assistance.  Fees may be charged by your primary care team and commercial testing sites for COVID-19 testing, ask in advance."

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