Testing Limited, Results May Take 5 Days
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The appointment line for the brand new COVID-19 drive-up testing site at the South Palm Beach County Civic Center opens at 10 a.m. today (Monday). The center itself opens Tuesday.
The number to call is 561-804-0250.
Testing is limited to those who are screened and approved over the phone. Anyone who arrives at the location without an appointment will be turned away. Just like the site on Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach, tens of thousands of people are expected to call the appointment line but only roughly 300 appointments are available each day, and those appointments will only be given to people who truly have conditions that merit testing.
Here is the official announcement from Palm Beach County:
A Palm Beach County COVID-19 drive thru testing site in collaboration with the Board of County Commissioners, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Florida National Guard, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management will open on Tuesday April 7 at 8:00 A.M. The testing site is located at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446. The Cleveland Clinic Florida will be scheduling appointments and handling testing and Palm Beach County, with the assistance of the National Guard, will handle the operation and logistics of the site. Testing kits will be obtained through the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Telephone registration and appointment scheduling will begin on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. Beginning Tuesday, April 7, the phone line will be open 7: 00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., seven days a week. Following Tuesday’s opening, testing will be available Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Saturday from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. Preapproval and appointments are required. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by Cleveland Clinic Florida. Screening criteria will include presence of symptoms, exposures, and risk factors.
A brief telephone interview will be conducted to determine eligibility for COVID-19 testing. There may be a high volume of calls, but staff will get to them as quickly as possible. Callers approved for testing will be given an appointment date and time slot for arrival at the testing site. Appointments can be made at 561-804-0250. Upon arrival at the site, a rapid check-in procedure will be conducted that will include verification of appointment time.
Individuals without appointments will be turned away and directed to call Cleveland Clinic of Florida to schedule an appointment. The check-in procedures and the testing (swab sample collection) will be conducted through an open window of the vehicle. No one will be permitted to leave their vehicles.
Testing results will be reported to Cleveland Clinic Florida who will notify the patient and the Palm Beach County Health Department. Results can be expected in up to five days, however, it may take longer. Individuals testing positive will be advised of isolation and quarantine protocols and referred for medical care if necessary.
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