Contact: Michelle Fedrick, Public Information Officer [email protected]
OFFICE: (850) 743-6083
MOBILE: (850) 518-9389
Quincy, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Gadsden County (FDOH-Gadsden) will launch a free COVID-19 community testing site Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Capital Regional Medical Center – Gadsden Memorial Campus (23186 Blue Star Highway ~ Quincy). The drive- through only testing site will be open to the public, does not require a physician referral to be tested, and will serve both symptomatic and asymptomatic residents. Saturday’s operating hours will be 9:00AM until 1:00PM, and residents may begin scheduling appointments Thursday, May 7th between 9:00AM and 12:00PM by calling (850) 329-0685.
“After several weeks of collaborating, researching possible sites and identifying the needed supplies, I am very pleased to see this project coming to fruition. We have made a concerted effort to educate and protect our residents, now we’re able to do even more by offering community testing,” said Dr. Adrian Cooksey, FDOH-Gadsden Health Officer.
Through partnerships with local healthcare providers including Capital Regional Medical Center, Neighborhood Medical Center and Gadsden Emergency Services, during the month of May, FDOH-Gadsden will operate the community testing site on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00PM to 4:00PM, and Saturdays at 9:00AM to 1:00PM. The Department’s goal is to provide up to 50 tests per day and encourages residents to schedule an appointment before visiting. Following Saturday’s opening, residents may call (850) 329-0685, Monday through Friday at 9:00AM to 12:00PM to schedule appointments.
Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Anthony Viegbesie stated, “This necessary and very much needed testing site will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our county. This virus is a silent killer and has no respect of person. The only way to prevent serious illness and death is to test. Please get tested today. Don’t wait and risk infecting others.”
As a result of the Department’s partnership with Capital Regional Medical Center and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, we were able to secure a suitable site to house our operations and conduct operations in a safe and efficient manner. “As the Gadsden County Health Department and their county partners lead the effort in opening a drive-through testing site for COVID-19, Capital Regional Medical Center is committed to supporting this effort. We have offered the use of the outside grounds of the Capital Regional ER in Gadsden County for this initiative,” says Alan Keesee, CEO of Capital Regional Medical Center. Our ER remains open to serve patients 24/7, and the drive-through testing location will not interfere with patient access or care in the ER.” Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be stationed around the site to conduct traffic control activities, assist in minimizing the impact to the surrounding community, as well as to ensure the safety of those who visit the site. Access to the testing site will be limited to the rear of the hospital and residents are asked to utilize Strong Road to do so. To ensure the
safety of our healthcare workers also, residents will be required to remain in their vehicle throughout their visit.
Through this coordinated local effort, FDOH-Gadsden is now able to provide increased access to COVID-19 testing in Gadsden County. Dr. Cooksey stated, “I am very thankful for the relationships we have established in the Gadsden County community and I am equally grateful for our partners’ willingness to play an active role in this effort. While we may be faced with all sorts of challenges in our rural community, we realize that the key to our success is being able to collaborate with our community partners.”