Cantonment Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site Opens Tuesday

March 30, 2020

As first reported over the weekend, Escambia County, Community Health Northwest Florida and Ascension Sacred Heart have partnered to open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Community Health Pediatrics at 470 South HIghway 29 in Cantonment on Tuesday, March 31.

All patients are required to be pre-screened before arriving at the drive-thru testing center by calling the Ascension Sacred Heart COVID-19 Pre-Screening Call Center at (850) 746-2684. Those who have not been pre-screened over the phone will not be provided access to the drive-thru test center.

Patients who meet the pre-screening criteria will be sent to the drive-thru testing site for a nasal swab test.

“This critical partnership with Community Health Northwest Florida and Ascension Sacred Heart provides residents in the central part of Escambia County convenient access to COVID-19 testing,” said Escambia County Board Chairman Steven Barry. “Unfortunately, there have been several positive cases in Cantonment, so the opening of this test site is crucial in preventing community spread and keeping people healthy. Since the COVID-19 test is free, then I encourage everyone with symptoms of fever, dry cough or shortness of breath to please call ahead and be pre-screened. The health of the community is our top priority.”

The pre-screening call center will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The drive-thru clinic will open Tuesday, March 31 and will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“As a healthcare provider with clinic locations in Cantonment and Century, we are committed to the health and safety of all families in north Escambia,” said Chandra Smiley, CEO and Executive Director of Community Health Northwest Florida. “We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Escambia County and Ascension Sacred Heart to provide this important access point for COVID-19 testing.”


One Response to “Cantonment Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site Opens Tuesday”

  1. David Fast on March 30th, 2020 9:27 pm

    My wife had been coughing extremley bad, short of breath, high fever, body aches, head ache, red eyes, chest feeling slightly pressured an when were called, were didn’t meet the required criteria as we have not traveled anywhere an was told to go to or own doctor or er if things get worse! This makes me realize there are more cases of people with this virus as they are only testing certain people that have traveled!

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