Free COVID-19 Testing Site Opens In Brevard County, No Symptoms Required

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Credit: CDC

PALM BAY, Florida – A  free drive-through COVID-19 testing site with no appointments or symptoms required will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the Eastern Florida State College Palm Bay Campus for anyone wishing to be tested for the coronavirus.

Testing will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus (enter at San Filippo Drive SE at Manchester Circle) located at 250 Community College Parkway in Palm Bay, Florida.

Testing will be available seven days a week for individuals over the age of 18, regardless of symptoms. Photo ID is required for all who desire to test, to verify they are of legal age.

The test site is drive-through only. Please limit passengers in the vehicle to those who are being tested, and no more than five people.

Individuals being tested will not be permitted to exit their vehicle. A prescription is not required to receive a test. The test will be a nasal swab.

Once samples are collected, they will be sent to a commercial lab for testing, and results will be provided as soon as they are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to be tested?

Government Issued ID – This photo ID does not need to be a Florida Drivers License
Health Insurance Card – Everyone will be tested for free, regardless if they have insurance
A healthcare facility or first responder ID or badge (If applicable)

What happens when I arrive at the testing site?

Each vehicle will be greeted and directed by personnel in protective gear.

Each individual will be asked to provide their government-issued ID, first and last name, health insurance card, and contact information.

What is the testing process?

A health professional in personal protective equipment will provide you with instructions.

A soft swab will be inserted into your nose or throat, depending on the testing location, to get the necessary sample. This may be slightly uncomfortable; however, the test is quick and should take less than a minute.

What happens after I’m tested?

After you have been tested, you will move to the final station.

You will be given information on what to do while awaiting test results. Please keep the instruction sheet until after you receive your results.

Follow the signage and directions for exiting the testing site.

After being tested, continue to monitor and record symptoms. You will receive your test results via a telephone call.

What else do I need to know?

There are no bathrooms at the testing sites. Each person who needs to be tested must be seated next to a working window.

All passengers must stay inside vehicles from arrival to departure.

Try to limit individuals in your vehicle to only those who need to be tested, no more than 5 in a vehicle.

There may be significant wait times – prepare by having a full tank of gas and make sure the vehicle has working air conditioning.

The site was created through a partnership between Brevard County, the City of Palm Bay, Eastern Florida State College, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health, and the Florida National Guard.