Getting Tested: Columbia and Hamilton County will be conducting FREE drive-thru testing for COVID-19. Testing is available for anyone that wants to get tested; no signs or symptoms needed to be tested. Children can be tested with parental consent. No appointment is needed. Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products 2 hours before testing. You may drink water prior to testing.
What To Expect: Each individual will be asked to provide their last name, first name, address, date of birth and contact information. You will be provided with after-testing instructions and information how to obtain test results online. You will then be routed to a health care provider who will give you instructions. Testing is conducted by health care professionals in medical protective gear who are trained to test for COVID-19. You will remain in your vehicle. Each person to be tested should be seated next to a working window. Try to limit individuals in your vehicle to only those who need to be tested. There may be wait times – prepare by having a full tank of gas and the vehicle has working air conditioner.
Please note, there are no bathrooms at the Wilson Park testing site.
What Is the Testing Process: A soft swab will be inserted in your throat to get the necessary sample; some tests may be a nasal swab. This may be slightly uncomfortable; however, the test is quick and should take less than a minute. Antibody tests will not be available. After being tested, continue to monitor for symptoms and practice social distancing.
After Testing: Test results are not immediate. It may take up to two weeks for results. You will receive test results via the telephone number you gave at the time of screening. Please be patient – calling back to check on your results will not expedite the process.
Dates and Locations: (Weather Permitting)
- Tuesday May 19th 9 am – 11am Wilson Park, 232 NE Hillsboro Street, Lake City, FL
- Thursday, May 21th 9am – 11am Hamilton County Health Dept., 209 SE Central Ave, Jasper, FL
- Tuesday May 26th 9 am – 11am Wilson Park, 232 NE Hillsboro Street, Lake City, FL
- Thursday, May 28th 9am – 11am Hamilton County Health Dept., 209 SE Central Ave, Jasper, FL
All locations to be open 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
Additional dates and location TBD. If you’d like to pre-register you can call 386-397-6676 by 4pm the day prior to testing.
For more information please contact 386-397-6676.
If You’re Sick: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Here are some general guidelines to follow: Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency. Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. Separate yourself from other people in your home. Avoid sharing personal household items. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.