Florida COVID-19 Testing Sites
Florida is increasing testing capacity for COVID-19. Testing sites sponsored by the state of Florida and other entities are listed below are free and open to the public.
Before you go:
- Does the site require an appointment?
- Does the site require a doctor’s order or other screening?
- A diagnostic test tells you if you have a current infection. Tests are sent to an outside lab, and results are available within several days. These tests are considered very accurate when properly performed by a healthcare professional.
- A rapid test is another type of diagnostic test that makes results available in minutes if analyzed onsite at a testing center. These tests may be less accurate and miss some cases.
- An antigen test is a newer test that detects certain proteins that are part of the virus and can produce results in minutes. A positive antigen test result is considered very accurate, but there’s an increased chance of false negative results — meaning it’s possible to be infected with the virus but have negative antigen test results. Depending on the situation, the doctor may recommend a molecular test to confirm a negative antigen test result.
- An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection. An antibody test might not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 might provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. If it does, it is unknown how much protection the antibodies might provide or how long this protection might last.
If you have questions about eligibility or access to testing, the COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 1 (866) 779-6121.