City of Port Orange Announces Drive Thru Testing for COVID-19

Testing will be availabe while supplies last

A health care worker checks in an elderly man with an appointment at a pilot large scale drive-through COVID-19 testing site at the Georgia International Horse Park on Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Conyers, Ga. Testing is by appointment only and open to anyone in the general public who believes they are ill with COVID-19. According to Chad Wasdin, communications director for the Gwinnett Rockdale Newton Health Departments, due to increased testing capacity 400 appointments are scheduled for anyone who thinks they may be ill with the virus. While the Health Department requires a scheduled appointment to test individuals, referral from a doctor is not necessary. There is no charge for the testing, and those tested do not need to provide health insurance information. "We look forward to piloting this large-scale test site," said Dr. Audrey Arona, district health director and CEO of Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments. "This is a fantastic collaboration between Rockdale and Newton county governments, their EMAs, and the Health Department. Testing will provide individuals in the community an opportunity to learn if their illness is consistent with the COVID-19 virus, and it will help us improve our plans for providing large-scale testing. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) (Curtis Compton, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – The City of Port Orange is implementing new drive-thru testing sites as Florida enters phase two of the state’s reopening plan.

The testing will begin on Wednesday, June 10. Officials said the test is free and people do not need to have symptoms to be tested.

The tests will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, or while supplies last.

The testing site will be located on Halifax Drive, anyone will be able to receive a nasal swab COVID-19 test.

According to a news release, residents will need to enter Halifax Drive from Dunlawton Ave., across from Aunt Catfish’s.

Patients will be given a roadside test and will then exit the testing site on Herbert Street.

Electronic signboards will be put in place and traffic will be directed onto Halifax Drive during these times.

To get through the line faster, residents should pre-register, officials said.

To register, patients are asked to call (386) 274-0500 and select (#) for coronavirus information. The registration call center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Officials said tests will take about seven days to receive results and the test will only provide information on whether the person is infected with COVID-19 at the time of the test.

The Department of Health in Volusia County will call the telephone number given at registration to provide results of the test.