New Port Richey BayCare still offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing

BayCare reduced its number of COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites from seven to four Monday. The New Port Richey location remained in operation but for fewer hours.

BayCare’s drive-thru testing for COVID-19 that began just five days ago has been limited to one site per county, with the New Port Richey location still offering the service.

The changes began today, March 23. BayCare began the drive-thu testing service March 18 at seven locations in three Tampa Bay-area counties – Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk. New Port Richey’s BayCare Urgent Care office is located at 4821 U.S. Highway 19. Pinellas County’s location is the BayCare Urgent Care at 900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg.

Hours of operation have also changed again. Originally screening and testing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the four locations’ operating hours are now 9 a.m. to noon.

“Criteria for testing will remain the same as BayCare concentrates on using its limited test supplies to identify patients who have the virus,” a press release states. “Patients should be referred by a physician and should have current symptoms – cough, fever, shortness of breath – and meet other criteria recommend by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

In the first five days operating drive-thru testing, BayCare screened more than 6,100 people and collected specimens from nearly 3,500. Results are not expected until five to seven days after the specimen is collected. Patients are called with their results and positive results will be reported to the Florida Department of Health, as required by state law.

To find which BayCare Urgent Care centers and laboratories remain open to serve patients with non-COVID-19-related illnesses and injuries, visit baycare.org/coronavirus/closures.