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)
- Coronavirus Testing Basics from the FDA (Explains the types of tests)
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.
- Some testing sites may not test you without symptoms, call first to inquire.
- Some general practitioners and pediatricians are testing in their offices, check with your doctor for details.
COVID-19 Test Sites in Lakeland and Polk County
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.
Want peace of mind before you travel or visit loved ones? Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to offer testing for those who need or want COVID-19 test results to ensure they do not spread the virus to friends, family or fellow travelers.
Drive-Thru Testing Center offers PCR testing:
D-E Parking Garage, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd
This convenient testing is $100 and is a self-pay service. Appointments are not needed for Urgent Care locations. An appointment is required at the Drive-Thru Testing Center, call 863.413.5907.
For details on cost, location and answers to frequently asked questions, please see the LRH Website.
Lakeland Regional Health Drive-Thru Testing – Main Center
Location: First floor of the D-E Parking Garage on the Medical Center Campus
Hours: 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.
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 mylrh.org/drive-thru/.
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.
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
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
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.
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.