Broward County Increases COVID-19 Testing; Opens First Walk-up Test Site

BROWARD COUNTY – As the number of COVID-19 cases reaches a peak in Broward County, the first walk-up testing site has been announced along with additional drive-thru sites.

Mayor Dale Holness, in a statement, said that “testing is vital as we make decisions about the future.”

On Friday, April 17th, the first walk up testing site in Broward County will open at Mitchell Moore Park, 901 NW 10th Street, in Pompano Beach from 9 AM-6 PM. This site will be open every day except Thursdays.

On Saturday, April 18th, a second walk up location will open at Sam Delevoe Memorial Park, 2520 NW 6th Street, in Fort Lauderdale from 9 AM-6 PM. Anyone with symptoms can be tested at these locations. For information, or to make an appointment call (954) 412-7300.

The Festival Market at 2900 West Sample Road in Pompano is also scheduled to begin drive-thru testing again on Monday, April 20th. You must make an appointment for drive-thru testing at the Festival Market by calling (954) 320-5730 from 8AM-4:30PM.

 

Mayor Holness said that as the U.S. government considers reopening the economy, he believes that getting “back to normal” will take some time. “We are working in partnership with our federal, state, and city elected officials. Broward County is also in daily contact with our neighboring counties of Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties so that we make decisions together as a region”, he said.

“Governor Ron DeSantis has announced plans to form a task force to plan the gradual reopening of businesses. This virus knows no boundaries and collaboration will be key to making safe and wise decisions”, he continued.

Broward County is third in the state when it comes to COVID-19 related deaths. The latest fatality rate for coronavirus in Broward County is 101 people. The total number of people tested in Broward County as of April 16 is 28,665 with 3,459 people testing positive and the vast majority (25,187) of people testing negative. These statistics indicate that about 12.1% of those tested here have tested positive.

Drive thru testing sites have already taken place at the following locations:

Hard Rock Stadium is expanding testing to include anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, 347 Don Shula Dr. in Miami Gardens. Drive thru testing begins at 9AM.

Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium (3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311). Collections will be taken from 9AM to 5PM daily.

To meet criteria, individuals must be:
Prescreened and meet CDC and DOH testing guidelines
Prequalified with a prescription
Pre-registered to receive an appointment through the Broward Health call center at 954-320-5730.

If patients do not have a primary care physician and need assistance, they can access Broward Health’s new BHealthy Now app that enables a patient to obtain a virtual health screening from a board-certified physician without leaving home. Physicians on-call will screen patients, assign risk, answer questions, and recommend next steps, such as prescribing a COVID-19 screening.

Visit BrowardHealth.org/COVIDApp for instructions on how to download the app and connect with physicians.

C.B. Smith Park (900 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines) 9AM-5PM

Drive-through site has five lanes and is accessible by vehicle only. Prospective patients will be screened through a vehicle window. Eligible individuals for specimen collection include: first responders who are symptomatic of COVID-19, those aged 65 and over with coronavirus symptoms, and individuals who have traveled to infected regions or are immune compromised. Must bring ID. Site is operated by the Florida National Guard in cooperation with Memorial Healthcare Systems and the Florida Department of Health, at the direction of the Office of the Governor.

Cleveland Clinic, Krupa Center (3250 Meridian Pkwy, Weston) Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

Potential patients should call the Cleveland Clinic Florida appointment center at 954-659-5951 to be scheduled for a test. Callers will be screened by a nurse who will determine whether the caller meets the federal testing criteria. You must call and be pre-screened for an appointment.

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