As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, more people in our community are seeking out testing, whether for existing symptoms or a known exposure to the coronavirus. Two types of diagnostic tests are available – active infection testing (typically with a nasal swab) and antibody testing (typically a blood test). If you’re wondering where to get tested for COVID-19 in Lakeland or Polk County, check the list below for a list of community testing sites near you.
**This list is for informational purposes only. Lakeland Mom is not a source of medical advice. Information subject to change without notice. Call or check the testing website first for any last-minute changes, especially testing requirements.**
Some sites are permanent, such as walk-in clinics, urgent care centers, and hospitals. Others are pop-up sites that may only have a single day of COVID testing planned. Most locations only do one of the two types of testing – active or antibody. Websites you can check for additional information:
- Polk County Health Department
- Central Florida Health Care Temporary Testing Locations
- Florida State Supported Testing Sites (as of 8/17/20 there are no state supported sites in Polk)
- Florida Community Coronavirus Dashboard (look under the Get Tested tab)
A few things to keep in mind if you want to get tested for COVID-19:
- If you have life-threatening conditions including trouble breathing, call 911.
- Start with a call to your primary care doctor if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (click here for list and self-checker) or believe you have had a direct exposure to the virus. This will likely be the most expedited path to receiving a test.
- If you plan to visit an urgent care center or drive yourself to an emergency room, call first for instructions.
- Some testing sites will not test you without symptoms, call first to inquire.
- Testing sites may have limited tests available each day.
- Virtually all COVID-19 test providers in our area are reporting delays of test results, some of 7 days or longer.
COVID-19 Test Sites in Lakeland and Polk County
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Appointments: To make an appointment, call 863.284.5000. Walk-ins are welcome.
Lakeland Regional Health has a dedicated Respiratory Care Center for those seeking an in-person evaluation. If you are concerned you may have symptoms of COVID-19 or any other acute respiratory illnesses, visit our Respiratory Care Center at 320 Parkview Place for examination, testing, X-rays and treatment all in one place.
Both scheduled and walk-in appointments are welcome. Those who already have a prescription for COVID-19 testing from their physician are encouraged to call the Respiratory Care Center in advance at 863.284.5000, or see instructions for a drive-up testing appointment, as testing may be able to be done from the comfort and safety of their vehicles.
(The Respiratory Care Center was originally at the Pablo Campus at 130 Pablo St. and has been relocated to 320 Parkview Place)
If you are having severe symptoms of COVID-19, such as difficulty breathing, please call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest emergency room. If you are experiencing moderate symptoms of COVID-19, please call 863.687.1414 before you visit the Lakeland Regional Health Emergency Department to receive instructions.
The LRH Children’s COVID-19 Testing Site opens on September 8, 2020 in the Children’s Emergency Department on the 2nd level of the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children. Children ages 17 years and younger (including children under 2) who have a doctor’s testing order can be quickly and conveniently tested. No appointment is necessary. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
**This is different from a regular emergency visit. Children with emergency COVID-19 or respiratory symptoms will continue to be treated as an emergency visit, with no doctor’s order necessary beforehand. Call Ahead Service is available at 863.687.1414.**
Lakeland Regional Health Drive-Thru Testing – Main Center
Location: First floor of the D-E Parking Garage on the Medical Center Campus
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday (click here to check current hours)
Lakeland Regional Health Drive-Thru Testing – South Lakeland
Location: Medulla Community Center – 1049 Parker Road, Lakeland, FL 33811
Hours: 7 am – 3pm on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday (click here to check current hours)
Drive-thru COVID Testing is available at Lakeland Regional Health for those ages 2 years and older with an appointment. A doctor’s script is no longer required. Drive-thru testing allows people to remain in their car while receiving a COVID-19 test. This method reduces the opportunities for the virus to spread and is safer for those being tested and for the healthcare workers. The drive-thru process including Check-in, Registration and Testing takes approximately 15 minutes. Most insurance providers cover the cost of the swab testing.
Walk up testing is not allowed at the drive-thru sites. To ensure the safety of patients and team members, LRH will only be able to provide testing for those in vehicles and people must remain in their vehicles throughout the process. See below for other testing options.
Appointments are required for drive-thru testing at LRH. Call 863.413.5907 OR make an appointment online at https://mylrh.iqhealth.com/appointments/search/flex-new.
AdventHealth Centra Care Winter Haven is listed on the Florida Testing Sites website but we have not been able to confirm any testing requirements or other information.
BayCare’s drive-thru sites serve patients with a doctor’s referral or those who are symptomatic in order to reserve limited testing supplies for those who are most at risk. Individuals who show up at a drive-thru site without a doctor’s referral are screened based on guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those who meet criteria have a specimen collected for testing.
HOURS: Mondays, 7-10am
Polk County government and BayCare are coming together to establish a drive-thru test collection site at the Gil Jones Center, 3425 Lake Alfred Road, Winter Haven.
Patients are encouraged to bring a referral from a medical provider and those who do not will be screened based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Testing is offered to all ages.
Testing will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis with a daily cap based on supplies. Due to the continued challenges with COVID-19 testing supplies, BayCare will regularly evaluate supply lines and adjust operations as needed.
HOURS OF OPERATION – Weekdays 7-10am
CFHC will be providing FREE walk up and drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing for all who qualify (based on the CDC criteria) at the following locations:
- Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church – 306 SW 2nd Ave, Mulberry, Florida, 33860
- Lake Eva Event Center – 799 Johns Ave, Haines City, Florida 33844
- 2155 Bob Phillips Rd, Bartow, Florida 33830
As of 8/17/20 this location is no longer listed on the state-supported testing sites website.
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has three local sites where PCPS students, staff and families can get easy, free access to COVID-19 testing.
Individuals should call 863-519-7911 to pre-register for an appointment. All sites are drive-thru. These sites also serve the general public, with priority scheduling given to PCPS students/staff, first responders and healthcare workers.
Mary Sand Clinic – 1749 Holt Road, Auburndale
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Haines City Adult Day Care Center – 751 Scenic Highway, Haines City
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Lakeland Adult Day Care Center – 1200 Southern Ave., Lakeland
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
101 North Wabash Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33815
Testing is available by appointment only at select CVS Locations.
- Patients must be 18 years of age or older.
- Start with a COVID Assessment on the CVS Website to determine if you are eligible for a test.
- Appointments can be scheduled for the same day and up to two days in advance.
- Insurance card and proof of identity are required.
- You will have to to administer your own nasal swab or bring someone that can do it for you.
- Drive-thru testing only, no walk up testing.
- High demand may cause lab delays. Results may take 6-10 days in times of peak demand.
The Lakeland MedExpress has a drive-up COVID-19 testing location, offering COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, while testing supplies remain available. Learn what to expect when you visit.
OneBlood is testing all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Appointments to donate are required. Masks are required to be worn by all blood donors. You may wear your own or we will provide one for you if needed.
In order to get the COVID-19 antibody test, a complete donation must be given. This test is available to donors that complete a whole blood, platelet or double red blood cell or plasma donation.
Please DO NOT present to donate if you have a fever or experiencing flu like symptoms. You MUST be symptom free for 14 days prior to donating.
**This test does not check for the presence of an active COVID-19 infection.**
Two options are available – you can visit a OneBlood Donation Center OR find a Mobile Big Red Bus Blood Drive location scheduled near you. Visit the OneBlood Website to make an appointment.
3037 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33805
1372 6th Street Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
1396 Florida 60, Lake Wales, Florida 33853
161 Webb Drive, Davenport, Florida 33844
Antibody testing is available only to patients who are not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have not experienced symptoms within 10 days. Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Quest does not provide the active infection swab test to individuals.
In order to be tested for COVID antibodies you:
- Need an order from your doctor or healthcare provider OR Can purchase test yourself through QuestDirect without a doctor or healthcare provider visit. Both of these options still require a visit to a Quest Diagnostics center.
- Fever or cough/Shortness of breath and have had contact with COVID-19 patient.
- Fever or cough/Shortness of breath and have a history of travel to or from an affected geographic area with widespread community transmission.
- Fever or cough/shortness of breath and have been part of a community gathering with confirmed COVID-19 positive patient.
- Fever or cough/shortness of breath and are 65 years of age and older with significant chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state.
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to call your doctor to discuss possible testing and care. In the absence of severe symptoms, you may be encouraged to self-isolate. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or other potentially life-threatening issues, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
As of 8/17/20 the state supported testing site at Imperial Lakes Publix is closed.