Frequently Asked Questions (Testing & Virus)
How do I get tested for COVID-19?
You can be tested for COVID-19 by various health care agencies:
- Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion)
- Heart of Florida Health Center
- Langley Health Services
- Local urgent/express care facilities
- Hospitals (patients only)
- Some primary care providers
- Some pharmacies
If you are interested in testing by a specific facility, please contact that agency in advance (before visiting the facility) to let them know you would like to be tested for COVID-19. Each site may have its own procedures for testing.
Who gives me my test results?
The medical provider that performed the test should call you to give you your test results when they are available. Until you receive your test results, you should take precautions to prevent possibly spreading the illness to others. If you are being tested because you are a contact to someone who tested positive or because you have been feeling sick, this means you should not go to work or attend gatherings until you receive your results. You should also take precautions to prevent possibly spreading the virus to your family or other close contacts, such as a roommate. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/3key-steps-when-waiting-for-COVID-19-results_508.pdf for more information.
What information is available about COVID-19 cases in the community?
Florida has a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated daily with the latest testing-related numbers in the state. Cases are classified by the person’s residence. There’s information on age, sex, race/ethnicity, testing rates, hospitalizations, and deaths. You can also view the number of cases in an area by zip code. Visit http://tinyurl.com/r63wtp4 to see the dashboard.
The state also posts a daily COVID-19 report by county at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
Where should I look for more information?
For more information, visit the following resources:
- Local/state information
- Overall information and guidance
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.html