The City of Gainesville, Alachua County, and the Department of Health are pleased to report that we have expanded our testing capabilities to include a drive-thru testing site. This site will limit public contact between residents and protect healthcare professionals. That said, the Department of Health is only offering testing by appointment, to patients who have been referred by a physician.
This is a positive development in our mitigation strategy, but it’s important for residents to understand that the same testing criteria remain in place. Residents need to go through a screening process and receive a testing order.
Our testing resources will be used in a way that helps us to contain the spread, and that means using testing strategically. Testing is not a vaccination, and the purpose of testing is to help us implement our mitigation strategy.
Testing has been and will continue to be most-commonly recommended for individuals in an at-risk group due to age or pre-existing conditions and for those whose symptoms have worsened while practicing self-quarantine.
Those with questions or concerns about COVID-19, including testing, should call their doctor or the Alachua County Health Department’s call center at 352-334-8810. Operators are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (after hours call 352-334-7900). The County’s 311 Critical Information Line is also available to answer questions.