New COVID-19 testing site to open at Brownsville Community Center

Northwest Florida

A nurse at a drive up COVID-19 coronavirus testing station set up by the University of Washington Medical Center exits a tent while holding a bag containing a swab used to take a sample from the nose of a person in their car, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Seattle. UW Medicine is conducting drive-thru testing in a hospital parking garage and has screened hundreds of staff members, faculty and trainees for the COVID-19 coronavirus. U.S. hospitals are setting up triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel elective surgery as they brace for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Escambia County Health Department is setting up a mobile testing site for COVID-19.

During a press conference Wednesday, the health department said they will open a new site for people to get drive-thru testing.

Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart
On Monday, March 16, Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart opened the first regional drive-through testing center for COVID-19.

  • Brownsville Community Center, located at 3200 W. De Soto St., opening Monday, March 23
  • IMPORTANT: All patients are required to be screened before arriving at the drive-through testing center by calling the Ascension Sacred Heart COVID-19 Screening Call Center at (850) 746-2684.  
  • The screening call center will open March 16 at 6 a.m. and will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
  • For the week of March 16, the hours of operation for the drive-through testing center for COVID-19 will be 9 a.m-1 p.m.

The site will be open starting March 23 on Mondays-Fridays from 9am – 1pm. Officials will be at the site from 6am -9am answering resident questions.


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