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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Apr. 9, 2020 6 months ago

COVID-19 drive-up testing to start at Daytona International Speedway

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AdventHealth will be offering 500 or more tests starting Friday.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Starting Friday, April 10, AdventHealth will be offering 500 or more drive-up tests at the Daytona International Speedway, announced the hospital via a press release.

The tests will be available to anyone who meets the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which state hospitalized patients and symptomatic health care workers are top priority. Patients in long-term care facilities with symptoms, those 65 and older with symptoms, first responders with symptoms and patients with underlying conditions with symptoms make up the second tier of priority. The third tier of priority for testing are critical infrastructure workers with symptoms, individuals with mild symptoms in communities with high COVID-19 hospitalization, health care workers and first responder without symptoms, and individuals who don't meet the other criteria but are showing symptoms. 

Individuals who are not showing symptoms are considered a non-priority for testing by the CDC.

For drive-up testing at the speedway, located at 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach, AdventHealth stated a doctor's order is not required and that there will be no out-of-pocket costs, regardless of insurance status. AdventHealth will cover the cost for those who don't have insurance. 

“Making tests available is one of the most important things we can do to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe,” said Dr. Scott Brady, president and CEO of AdventHealth Centra Care in the press release. “We’re asking people to stay home and practice social distancing, so bringing testing closer to where they live is essential.”

If you wish to be tested, visit AdventHealthCoronaVirusTesting.com to schedule an appointment before you arrive at the speedway. Individuals will be asked to enter their contact and insurance information and will be assigned a time slot for the test, which consists of coughing and spitting into a cup.

People may access the testing location through the NASCAR Drive entrance at the intersection with One Daytona. The site will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or as long as tests remain available. Results will be available in two to three days, AdventHealth said. 

The hospital agency is evaluation additional locations to further expand testing, according to the press release. Testing at Centra Care locations is also ongoing.

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