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.