Drive Up Coronavirus Testing to Begin Monday
Drive Up Coronavirus Testing (Updated 3/17/20)
Posted on 03/17/2020
City Hall

March 17, 2020

A mobile collection site to test for coronavirus is open and the tent is up at the Lee Convenient Care facility near Page field.

But not just anybody can show up.

Patients must have an order from their physician or provider and make an appointment before showing up to the collection site. These requirements are necessary to maintain an orderly collection process. Patients who are experiencing symptoms and don’t have a test order should call their primary care physician.

Lee Health will send the swab samples off for testing and the patient’s provider will give the results when they are ready.
This is not the only mobile testing site opening up in Southwest Florida, NCH will also be collecting samples. You don’t need an appointment at NCH, but you still need a doctor’s order.Health officials tell us not only is this convenient, but it’s also safer.

The Page Field Lee Convenient Care office is located at 4771 S Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. It’s open from Noon until 4 p.m. on Monday.

The site will initially have the capacity to collect up to 32 specimens per day. Lee Health has plans in place to expand the hours and open additional collection sites due to demand.

The mobile site is for collection of COVID-19 samples only. The specimens will be sent to a lab for testing, which takes 3-4 days to return.

March 13, 2020

Lee Health and NCH Establish Mobile COVID-19 Collection Sites

Drive Up Coronavirus Testing to Begin Monday

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Mar. 13, 2020) --- Lee Health and NCH Healthcare System are each establishing mobile collection sites to test patients for COVID-19. Patients must meet the testing criteria, and have their test ordered by their physician or provider. At Lee Health patients must make an appointment before showing up to the collection site. NCH Health is not requiring appointments.

Patients will drive up to the site to have samples collected by medical professionals outfitted with personal protective equipment. The sample will then be sent to a lab to be tested. The results will be provided by the patient provider.

“Until now, testing has been one of the major challenges to responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The mobile collection site expands the number of patients who can be tested and will get them on the right path to care in a speedier manner.” said Kris Fay, chief administrative officer of Lee Physician Group, Home Health and Physician Services for Lee Health. “Between the mobile collection site and offering free telehealth services, we are finding faster and better ways to treat patients who may be at-risk.”

Collection site locations and operating hours will be announced Monday morning.

“We are pleased to be serving the community by offering this easily accessible testing option for patients,” said, Chief Executive Officer, Paul Hiltz. “Identifying ways to test faster, provide easier access and accelerate results will offer our community faster care. We are constantly reviewing ways to provide the best patient experience and respond to COVID-19.”

Lee Health and NCH have plans to expand hours of operation and locations as needed in response to demand.