TAMPA, Fla. — Coronavirus testing will resume this week at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
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Hillsborough County Emergency Management has secured 1,000 additional testing collection kits from the state and will be extending COVID-19 testing at Raymond James Stadium, located at 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.,
Through Wednesday, April 8, with the site closed during the weekend while supplies last. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Drive-thru testing will be administered by appointment only to symptomatic patients that have pre-registered through Hillsborough County's call center.
Vehicle passengers must only include those needing a test.
The call center will be taking appointments Monday, April 6 through Tuesday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last.
The testing hours could be extended again if the county receives more testing kits from the state.
Pre-Screening and Pre-Registration Are Required:
Residents may get tested if they have been pre-screened and meet testing guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health.
Residents also must be pre-registered through the Hillsborough County Customer Service Center at (813) 272-5900. The call center will be augmented with health care staff today through Friday, April 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, April 6 through Tuesday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last.
Persons who do not have a designated primary care physician or are uninsured are eligible for pre-screening and pre-registration through the call center.
What to Bring:
You must arrive in a personal vehicle. Due to the increased risk of contamination as well as current shortages of personal protective equipment, walk-ups are not permitted at this time.
Each person to be tested must be seated next to a working window.
Limit vehicle passengers to those needing a test.
Have a photo ID for all persons being tested with name, date of birth, and photo (can be Florida driver's license, state-issued ID, or passport).
Bring the correct confirmation code as provided; this can be a printed copy of the testing confirmation email received from the call center, a screen-shot of the confirmation number, or the code may be provided verbally. A printed code or screen-shot on the phone helps the process, but is not required.
You will be required to provide the following information:
1. Full name
2. Current address (where you are staying)
3. Best phone number to reach you in order to receive test results
What to Expect:
You will be greeted by a health care provider in personal protective gear who will give you instructions.
You will be given a tissue to blow your nose. You will need to keep the tissue to dispose of on your own.
A soft swab will be inserted deep into your nose to get the necessary sample.
This may be slightly uncomfortable, but the test is quick and should take less than a minute.
Test results are not immediate. It may take several days. After the test, you will be given information on what to do while you await the results.
You will receive test results via the telephone number you gave at the time of pre-screening