Coronavirus testing in South Florida

March 23: Miami Herald – see article for phone numbers and addresses

Drive Thru Testing in Miami, Broward and the Keys

Palm Beach County Drive-Thru Testing Site

I know of no locations  currently in Palm Beach.  According to the Palm Beach Sun Sentinel:

After only opening on Monday, [March 16]  as of Tuesday FoundCare, Inc., a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center, is no longer taking appointments for its COVID-19 drive-through testing station in the parking lot of its West Palm Beach location, at 2330 S. Congress Ave.

FoundCare said the site was set up to test Palm Beach County residents for COVID-19 with an advance appointment only, but it quickly became overwhelmed with calls and individuals showing up seeking testing. Screeners ask individuals a series of screening questions before setting appointments.

“Currently, we have scheduled appointments through April 10,” Yolette Bonnet, CEO of FoundCare, said Tuesday morning. “Until we receive additional test kits, we are unable to further schedule any testing appointments. We ask for the public’s understanding during these uncertain times.”

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This page will be very limited to news reports of Covid-19 drive-thru testing sites which are operational in four counties in South Florida:  Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties.  Monroe county covers the Florida Keys.   I strongly support drive-thru testing as the best way to safely do testing for the thousands of potentially infected residents.  We’ve seen how the number of infected can double in less than a week.   Early detection is critical to both Covid-19 treatment and disease mitigation.   There is no known cure, but once a positive is identified, doctors can attempt to boost the immune system with drugs approved for other indications.

Every time someone is identified as positive early on, the chances of recovery are significantly improved.   Those testing positive can inform others who they have been in close contact with prior to the testing.  Slowing or stopping  disease spreads is difficult, but rapid and widespread testing followed by isolation of positives is urgently needed.

 

Links:

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/hard-hit-broward-gets-first-drive-thru-coronavirus-testing-sites/2208019/

Channel 7 News