TAMPA, Fla. — As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Florida, the demand for COVID-19 testing is as high as it has ever been across the state.
As of Friday, July 17, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reports more than 315,700 coronavirus cases in the state. The virus has killed more than 4,600 people in Florida.
With these alarming figures in mind, ABC Action News put together a list of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in the Tampa Bay area. Many of these sites offer free tests but you may need to book an appointment prior to showing up.
WHERE YOU CAN GET TESTED FOR COVID-19 IN TAMPA BAY
The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) is offering no-cost COVID-19 testing by appointment. To make an appointment, call 352-527-0068 on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Starting Tuesday, July 14, DOH-Citrus will no longer require appointments for its drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Citrus Springs Community Center. However, it will be limited to the first 150 individuals.
Click here for more testing site information.
The DeSoto Health Department is offering COVID-19 free testing. For more details on the testing locations, visit the DeSoto County Facebook page.
The Florida Department of Health in Hardee is offering free drive-up COVID-19 testing for Hardee County residents. Testing information can be found on the Hardee County Emergency Management Facebook page.
The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County is offering no-cost COVID-19 testing. Call 352-540-6800 and choose option 1 if you would like to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 testing. Click here, for more details about testing locations.
Residents who want to be tested is asked to call the local health department at 863-386-6040. For more testing site information, click here.
Residents can schedule testing online or by phone at 888-513-6321. The call center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Testing will take place at one of the County's testing sites. However, testing will not proceed without an appointment.
Free testing sites in Hillsborough County include the following:
- Lee Davis Community Resource Center, 3402 N. 22nd St., Tampa
- Plant City Community Resource Center, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Plant City
- SouthShore Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE, Ruskin
- Tampa Family Health Centers, 12085 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa
- Suncoast Community Health Centers, 313 S. Lakewood Drive, Brandon
- Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
- Redeemer Lutheran Church, 701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center
- Wimauma Opportunity Center, 5128 SR 674, Wimauma
- Tampa Family Health Centers, 12085 W. Hillsborough Ave., Town 'N Country *New
The county opened a new testing location in Town 'N County on Friday, July 17. It will provide tests Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until noon.
There is various sites throughout the county where residents can be tested at for COVID-19. For a full list, click here.
The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County (DOH-Pasco) is working with community partners to provide COVID-19 testing throughout Pasco County. Click here, for a list of current testing sites.
Residents can be tested for COVID-19 at various locations throughout Pinellas County. Click here, for the sites listed on the county's website. Click here, for information on testing provided by Community Health Centers of Pinellas. BayCare will have coronavirus testing in Lot 2 of the parking lots at the Tropicana Field.
A free testing site will be open from Wednesday, July 29 to August 1 at Pinellas Community Church, 5501 31st St S., St. Petersburg. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 833-697-4352.
Bartow Regional Medical Center (located behind the hospital) at 2200 Osprey Blvd., Bartow, FL 33830 is offering drive-thru testing between 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to the Florida Medical Association's website.
The Florida Department of Health-Sarasota County is scheduled to conduct by-appointment-only COVID-19 drive-thru testing on Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to noon both days at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S. on the island of Venice. DOH Sarasota will have 100 COVID-19 tests available per day.
Those looking to attend the drive-thru testing must call in advance and make an appointment. To be evaluated and to make an appointment, please call 941-861-2883, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents have by appointment and no appointment options in Sarasota County. Click here, for full details on both.
OTHER TESTING SITES THROUGHOUT FLORIDA AND THE TAMPA BAY AREA
- Baycare is providing Tampa Bay area patients without insurance, the opportunity to have a COVID-19 lab test for $85, which is not due at testing.
- Florida Blue's website allows you to enter your zip code to find a site closest to you.