Seminole County drive-thru event reaches capacity for COVID-19 rapid test kits

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A drive-thru event Wednesday giving away rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits for Seminole County residents reached capacity about 30 minutes after distribution began.

The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health in Seminole County announced Tuesday it would be distributing kits at Seminole State College Sanford/Lake Mary Campus starting at 10 a.m. until supplies last or until 1 p.m.

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The county said nearly 11,000 kits were available for the event. Donna Walsh with the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County said at the peak of the summer surge fueled by the delta variant of COVID-19, the highest was over 600 cases in one day.

“We surpassed that. The official report will come out Friday, but we are looking at upwards of 900 in one day,” Walsh said.

Each car received up to two boxes of test kits with each box containing a six-pack of Abbott Binax-NOW COVID-19 self-tests.

“This is all proctor. So there’s actually a medical person videoing with you, telemedicine with you while you’re taking the test to make sure you swab correctly and then to identify the results and provide those results to you,” Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said.

COVID PCR testing is also available at three locations in the county:

  • Altamonte Springs SunRail Station
  • Museum of Seminole County History in Sanford
  • Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry

To make an appointment for COVID testing at other county sites, click here.

About the Author:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.