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Hillsborough County Expands COVID-19 Testing at 3 Community Resource Centers

COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 188

Expanded hours and new weekend hours. Residents must make appointment at (888) 513-6321.

 

Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 23, 2020) - Starting this week, Hillsborough County will dramatically increase the number of appointments available for residents at three County COVID-19 test sites at Community Resource Centers, expanding hours and offering weekend availability.

Three of the eight free COVID-19 test sites in Hillsborough County are at Community Resource Centers in East Tampa (Lee Davis), Plant City, and Ruskin (SouthShore). Since opening in mid-April, almost 30,000 tests have been conducted at those sites in conjunction with health care partners.

Capacity at the Lee Davis, Plant City, and SouthShore COVID-19 testing sites will increase from about 2,700 total tests per week to 9,000 tests per week. The testing expansion is made possible over the next two weeks due to the transition from volunteer medical personnel at the three sites to contracted support being temporarily provided through the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

The three community testing sites will be extending hours for scheduled appointments three days a week and will be setting aside two days a week specifically for targeted mass testing for first responders, health care workers, and other critical industries. The Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management is working directly with the identified industry employers to coordinate testing access on the dedicated days.

Emergency Management officials are assessing and developing a plan for staffing these three sites after the temporary assistance provided through the state ends.

For the next two weeks, test sites at Lee Davis and Plant City will continue testing for residents with expanded appointments and hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The test site at the SouthShore Community Resource Center in Ruskin is changing operation days for residents to Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in order to offer more weekend testing capacity.

As a reminder, all residents can make an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling (888) 513-6321 or by registering online here.

Hillsborough County offers COVID-19 testing by appointment at eight test sites across the County from Town 'N Country to Wimauma with daytime, evening, and weekend appointments available. Residents with appointments are welcome to come to the drive-through test site on foot or by bicycle if necessary. Homebound residents or people with no access to transportation can make an appointment for an in-home test through the call center at (888) 513-6321.

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 Ave., 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

Hillsborough County's call center, (888) 513-6321, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 coronavirus testing is a collaboration among Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, the University of South Florida, and medical groups in the region including BayCare, Tampa General Hospital, AdventHealth, HCA Healthcare - West Florida Division, Tampa Family Health Centers, Inc, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay/Transcare, and Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. Locations for some test sites have been offered by Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sun City Center and Enterprising Latinas in Wimauma.

Pre-Registration is Required:

  • There is NO CHARGE for the test administered at Hillsborough County locations.
  • Residents are NOT REQUIRED to have health insurance to get tested.
  • Should a test be scheduled for you, you will be informed of time, date, and testing location during this call.

What to Bring:

  • Personal vehicles MUST BE under the maximum height of 8 feet.
  • Limit vehicle passengers to those getting a test.
  • Have a photo ID with name and date of birth for all persons being tested (can be Florida driver's license, state-issued ID, or passport).
  • Bring the CORRECT confirmation code provided by the call center; this can be a printed copy of the testing confirmation email received from the call center, a screenshot of the confirmation number, or the code may be provided verbally. A printed code or screenshot on the phone helps the process, but is not required.
  • You will be required to provide the following information:
  1. Full name
  2. Current address (where you are staying)
  3. Best phone number to reach you in order to receive test results

What to Expect:

  • You will be greeted by a health care provider in personal protective gear who will give you instructions.
  • A minimally invasive test will be administered.
  • Test results are not immediate. Most people will receive results within 10 days. After taking the test, you will be given information on what to do while you await the results.
  • You will receive test results via the telephone number you gave at the time of pre-screening.
  • Please be patient - calling back to check on your results will not expedite the process.

Testing sites are staffed by health care professionals in medical protective gear who are trained to test for COVID-19 coronavirus. Directional signage and law enforcement will help residents through the testing site in an orderly fashion.

People who are experiencing a medical emergency should dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the county visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County's main information line.