WESLEY CHAPEL — As part of an ongoing effort to increase availability of COVID-19 testing in Florida, AdventHealth will offer free testing at AdventHealth Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Testing will begin Wednesday, April 29, from noon to 4 p.m., and will continue each weekday thereafter from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a period of 30 days.
While a doctor’s order is no longer required for testing, AdventHealth is encouraging preregistration at AdventHealthCoronavirusTesting.com or by calling 866-694-5503 before arrival. The test consists of coughing and spitting into a cup.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for the test, regardless of insurance status. AdventHealth will cover the cost of those who are uninsured.
“Expanding testing is an important and necessary step to help flatten the curve and keep our community safe,” said Mike Schultz, president and CEO of AdventHealth West Florida Division. “We are investing in these testing sites in strategic community locations to make it convenient and affordable for as many people as possible.”
Anyone who preregisters will be assigned a designated appointment time. First responders and health care workers who show proper workplace identification will have a designated lane at the test site to shorten wait times for those groups. Test results are available in approximately two to three days and will be delivered through the AdventHealth app and the AdventHealth website. Additionally, anyone who is tested will receive a call from an AdventHealth physician or nurse practitioner with their results and any next steps in care, if necessary. Complete instructions on receiving results will be provided at the testing location.
By expanding the number of community testing sites, we’re making it easier for people to be screened, and identify if they need to receive treatment and self-isolate,” said Dr. Rainer Chan, chief medical officer of AdventHealth Medical Group.
This is the second test site AdventHealth has set up in the Greater Tampa Bay area for monthlong testing. The health care system also opened testing at Adventure Island in Tampa.
AdventHealth reports it has tested more than 19,000 people for COVID-19 — more than any other health care system in Florida, according to statistics from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.