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Second COVID-19 testing site opens Aug. 25 in Marion County

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

August 23, 2021

 

OCALA, Fla.—A second free COVID-19 testing site is opening in Marion County to help meet the high-demand for diagnostic testing.

Statlab Mobile, a COVID-19 mobile clinical testing service, will offer free drive-through testing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday through Thursday beginning Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park, 11008 South Hwy 475, Ocala.

People who would like to be tested must enter through the County Road 475 public entrance. Vehicles may line up starting at 7 a.m. on testing days. To be tested, individuals should bring a valid photo ID; minors under age 18 will only be tested if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

People should be prepared to stay in their vehicles while awaiting testing; restroom facilities will not be available. Only people who are being tested should be in the vehicle, with the exception of parents, guardians or caregivers. No pets are permitted in the vehicle during tests. School students should refrain from eating or drinking anything 15 to 30 minutes prior to their tests.

Statlab Mobile will provide a diagnostic PCR COVID-19 test, providing results within 36–48 hours via encrypted email. People who do not have access to email can call Statlab Mobile at 844‑4MYLABS (844-469-5227) for test results.

“Testing demand in our community has increased significantly,” said Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “In order to meet the demand, we have partnered with the Florida Horse Park to provide additional testing opportunities. We appreciate the horse park opening their doors to the community while we are experiencing this surge in COVID-19 cases.”

Testing also available weekly at Southeastern Livestock Pavilion

Free, county-sponsored drive-through COVID-19 testing is available weekly at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion (2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala) on the following dates:

  • Aug. 25
  • Aug. 30
  • Sept. 1
  • Sept. 6
  • Sept. 8
  • Sept. 13
  • Sept. 15
  • Sept. 22
  • Sept. 27
  • Sept. 29
The weekly testing will continue through Sept. 29 and will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day it is provided. This is an increase from the once-a-week testing that began earlier this month. Results are available in three to five days.

For more information, call the Department of Health in Marion County at 352-644-2590.

Find out more

Visit http://marion.floridahealth.gov,www.marionflcovid.org and www.twitter.com/flhealthmarion for the latest information on COVID-19 and vaccinations. Visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov and use the Vaccine Locator and Testing Sites tools to find vaccination and testing sites near you.