AdventHealth’s drive-thru coronavirus testing site at Daytona International Speedway will close Thursday, less than a month after opening, according to hospital officials.
AdventHealth will phase out drive-thru testing sites over the next two weeks in Central Florida as the state and local businesses reopen, according to a press release.
Coronavirus testing will continue to be available with a doctor’s order at CentraCare locations and for patients at AdventHealth hospitals, according to the release.
Over 5,000 people had been tested at the Daytona International Speedway site as of Wednesday morning, according to hospital spokeswoman Lindsay Cashio.
AdventHealth did not respond to questions asking why the testing sites were closing by the time of publication.
Since opening the first drive-up testing location at Daytona International Speedway on April 9, AdventHealth drive-thru testing locations in Central Florida have tested more than 18,000 people. Of those, less than 2% were positive, according to the release.
"We are thankful that the number of COVID-19 cases in Central Florida is beginning to decline, thanks in large part to the social distancing measures in our community, but also thanks to community testing which helped us identify those with the virus," said Dr. Scott Brady, president and CEO of AdventHealth Centra Care in the press release. "AdventHealth remains committed to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and using our resources to best serve our community."
Those who want to be tested can still visit the following Central Florida testing sites until their closing day. Appointments are required prior to arrival and can be made at AdventHealthCoronavirusTesting.com. The final day at each location will be:
– Daytona International Speedway on May 7
– Mall at Millenia in Orlando on May 8
– Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg on May 8
– Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on May 15
– Posner Park in Davenport on May 15
Each site’s hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The tests will be available to anyone who has symptoms or anyone who has had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, even if they are not currently experiencing symptoms.
Those who wish to be tested do not need a doctor’s order prior to arrival. There are no out-of-pocket costs, regardless of insurance status. AdventHealth will cover the cost of those who are uninsured at the community drive-up testing sites. The test consists of spitting into a cup.
The Flagler County testing site, which runs in partnership with AdventHealth at Daytona State College’s Palm Coast campus, continues to test residents from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.