COVID-19 Testing Locations on Florida’s Nature Coast
With the COVID-19 infection numbers rising, as well as the deaths, readers may be looking for places to get tested for Coronavirus in Florida’s Nature Coast. We received notice of locations in Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties where COVID-19 testing is available, and wanted to pass them along to our valued readers.
The CDC recommends that five populations get SARS-CoV-2 testing with viral tests (i.e., nucleic acid or antigen tests):
- Individuals with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19
- Asymptomatic individuals with recent known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2 to control transmission
- Asymptomatic individuals without known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2 for early identification in special settings
- Individuals being tested to determine the resolution of infection (e.g. return to work, end of home isolation)
- Individuals being tested for purposes of public health surveillance for SARS-CoV-2.
Viral tests are recommended to diagnose acute infection. Some tests are point-of-care tests, meaning results may be available at the testing site in less than an hour.
Other tests must be sent to a laboratory to analyze, a process that may take 1-2 days once received by the lab. Testing the same individual more than once in a 24-hour period is not recommended.
Blood Donations are Tested for COVID-19 Antibodies
Local blood donor organizations are testing all donated blood for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies after donation at no charge. However, this is not a diagnostic test to see if you have COVID-19. Feel free to contact LifeSouth or One Blood for more information, as well as donation locations and times.
The CDC does not currently recommend using antibody testing as the sole basis for diagnosis of acute infection, and antibody tests are not authorized by FDA for such diagnostic purposes.
COVID-19 Testing Locations in Florida’s Nature Coast
Most of the locations that will test for COVID-19 require an appointment and the test is not necessarily free or covered by health insurance. Please take note of the rules for getting tested before venturing out as well as the phone number. Call first.
Hernando County COVID-19 Testing Sites
- Florida Dept. of Health in Hernando County, at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. in Spring Hill. Call 352-540-6800, option 1. Testing by appointment only.
- Premier Community HealthCare, at 300 S. Main Street in Brooksville. Call 352-518-2000. Testing Thursdays from 8am-noon by appointment only.
- Care One of Florida, at 12220 Cortez Blvd in Brooksville, FL 34613. Call 352-556-5216. Also located at 11115 County Line Rd in Spring Hill. Call 352-683-1982. Care One is an urgent care clinic so patient will see a physician and if the physician believes appropriate, COVID-19 test will be administered.
- Primary Care Walk-In Clinic at 11123 County Line Rd in Spring Hill. Call 352-666-5555. Primary Care Walk-In Clinic is an urgent care clinic so patient will see a physician and if the physician believes appropriate, COVID-19 test will be administered.
- Suncoast Urgent Care at 4112 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill. Call 352-251-2304. Open Monday-Saturday from 9am-9pm & Sunday form 10am-4pm.
Pasco County COVID-19 Testing Sites
- BayCare at Gulf High School, at 5355 School Rd. in New Port Richey. Call 1-800-BAYCARE (1-800-229-2273). Available Monday – Friday from 8 am-11 am. Requires Screening Questions, Drive-Thru Testing
- Care One of Florida at 10435 US-19, in Port Richey. Call 727-378-4477. Care One is an urgent care clinic so the patient will see a physician and if the physician believes appropriate, the COVID-19 test will be administered.
- CVS Pharmacy at 2322 Land O Lakes Blvd. in Lutz. Call 813-949-3641. The patient must register in advance at https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing?cid=poct-covid19-mc-clinicvisit, Drive-Thru Testing by appointment.
- FL Medical Urgent Care at 38021 Market Square in Zephyrhills. Call 813-715-0374. Open M-F 8am-6pm & Sat-Sun 8am-2pm.
- FL Medical Urgent Care at 2352 Bruce B. Downs Ste. 101, in Wesley Chapel. Call 813-929-3600. Open M-F 8am-6pm & Sat-Sun 8am-2pm.
- Home Depot (Parking Lot) at 1315 U.S. Highway 19 in Holiday. Walk-up testing: Sun-Sat 9 am-5 pm (Must be over the age of 18).
- Premier Community Health Care at 2114 Seven Springs Blvd. in Trinity. Call 352-518-2000. Testing for uninsured and underinsured by appointment only.
- Premier Community Health Care at 14027 5th Street in Dade City. Call 352-518-2000. Testing for uninsured and underinsured by appointment only.
- Premier Community Healthcare at 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd. in Dade City. Call 352-518-2000. Testing for uninsured and underinsured by appointment only.
- Premier Community Healthcare at 11611 Denton Ave. in Hudson. Call 352-518-2000. Testing for uninsured and underinsured by appointment only.
- Med Express at 8849 SR 52 in Hudson. Call 727-863-7150.
- Med Express at 22945 SR 54 in Lutz. Call 813-909-9099.
- Suncoast Urgent Care at 10730 SR 54 in New Port Richey. Call 727-274-9138. Open M-Sat 9am-9pm & Sun 10am-4pm for appointments.
- AdventHealth at 1127 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Wesley Chapel. Call 813-973-2889.
- Doctor’s Urgent Care at 2404 US 19 in Holiday. Call 727-945-0100. Testing for uninsured and underinsured by appointment only.
- Doctor’s Urgent Care at 13256 Gunn Hwy in Odessa. Call 813-920-0023. Testing for uninsured and underinsured by appointment only.
Citrus County COVID-19 Testing Sites
- Florida Department of Health in Citrus County at 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd. in Citrus Springs. Call 352-527-0068. Testing by appointment only Please call for an appointment.
- Langley Health Services at 151 E Highland Ave. in Inverness. Call 352-419-5760. Tele visit at https://www.langleymedicalcenter.com/
- Quick Care Med locations in Inverness, Beverly Hills, Homosassa & Crystal River offer Tele Med appointments for COVID-19 testing. Call 844-797-8425. Schedule telemedicine appt here: https://www.quickcaremed.com/telemedicine/
If you have questions about a testing location’s procedures, such as cost and insurance coverage, please call them for more information.
Do you know of any other locations for testing? Have you been tested? How was it? Please share your helpful hints below.