GOVERNOR DESANTIS MOVES PBC INTO PHASE TWO
This morning, Mayor Dave Kerner met with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and delivered the letter requesting to move Palm Beach County to Phase 2. Palm Beach County sent the letter and the County’s Incremental Phase 2 Re-opening Plan to the Governor late Wednesday requesting the County be moved to Phase 2 and re-open additional businesses and services.
We will continue to pass information along as we receive information from the County.
COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to Florida Atlantic University
In cooperation with American Medical Response (AMR), the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach County is opening a new community based testing site in Boca Raton. The drive through testing site will be located at the FAU Tech Runway on the north end of the FAU campus. The address is 901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, 33431. Residents should enter the testing site from Spanish River Boulevard. [map attached]
Appointments are required for testing. To make an appointment, call 1-800-209-7919 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Testing is available to anyone over the age of 12, with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral needed. Proper ID will be required with name, date of birth, and photo. Tests will be administered by healthcare professionals from AMR. Results are not immediate. Please remember to wear a face covering.
ANTIBODY TESTING AVAILABLE AT TEQUESTA HELIX URGENT CARE
Helix Urgent Care Center of Tequesta now offering Quest Diagnostics Covid-19 IGG antibody test by appointment only.
This is a blood draw test. The blood specimen is drawn in the office and sent to Quest Diagnostics for processing. The results are available 48-72 hours. This is not a finger stick. All patients are required to check in, and be evaluated by the provider.
The IGG Covid-19 Antibody test is a good diagnostic tool to evaluate for Covid-19 exposure or illness at least 4-6weeks prior to the date of the test. At this time, any exposure or illness prior to March 15, 2020 that may have been Covid-19 should show positive on the IGG antibody test. According to Quest Diagnostics their test has a greater than 90+% Sensitivity and Specifity in controlled studies. (Go to Quest Diagnostics website for more information). If your test is “positive” this means you have immunity to Covid-19 and were exposed or ill from this virus. The length of immunity is unknown at this time according to the CDC and NIH.
Appointments are being scheduled by phone. All appointments are 15 minutes apart. We ask that couples or families wait in the car or outside until their appointment time unless directed otherwise. At this time most insurance companies are absorbing any urgent care co-pays or deductibles but check with your insurance company to be sure. Quest Diagnostics will bill your insurance company for the antibody test. Again any costs for the tests is dependent on the insurance company and your specific covered benefits and copays. We also offer cash pay price of $250 that includes the office visit and lab test combined for any uninsured patient.
Helix Urgent Care 225 South US Hwy One, Tequesta, FL 33469
SOUTH COUNTY TESTING UPDATE
UPDATED 4/15/20 AT 12:25 PM
Cleveland Clinic Florida has expanded criteria for individuals eligible for COVID-19 testing. Anyone over the age of 16 who has the following signs and symptoms will be eligible for testing at our South Palm Beach County drive-through location:
• Fever and respiratory illness (such as cough, shortness of breath, runny nose)
• Fever and gastrointestinal illness (such as diarrhea, vomiting)
Individuals must still call first to speak with a nurse to ensure they meet criteria and make an appointment for testing at 561-804-0250.
COVID-19 HOTLINE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
UPDATED 4/14/20 AT 10:54 AM
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s COVID-19 Hotline scheduled 635 appointments for drive-thru testing on Tuesday, April 14 and 484 appointments for drive-thru testing on Wednesday, April 15.
The hotline is NOT accepting calls and will reopen once additional test kits are received.
We will post when the hotline is back up and running.
TESTING SITE INFORMATION
UPDATED 4/5/20 at 4:30 PM
A second Palm Beach County testing site is open at the South County Civic Center at 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. This testing site is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - PLEASE DO NOT SIMPLY SHOW UP. You must hold a phone screening interview first. The number to all is 561-804-0250.
FRIDAY APRIL 3 INFORMATION
Friday, April 3 was another efficient day of drive-thru testing for COVID-19 in Palm Beach County. The average age of the patients tested was 48. Test results are beginning to be received and patients whose results are in will be notified.
Representatives screen callers for symptoms prior to registering and scheduling the patient. The call center will NOT BE OPEN THIS WEEKEND as all appointments are currently scheduled for Saturday or Monday based on existing test kit inventory. If we receive additional kits over the weekend, we anticipate reopening the phone lines Monday morning at 8 a.m. to schedule appointments for drive-thru testing on Tuesday, April 7th.
The testing site at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach will be closed Sunday as our teams prepare for next week. The Health Care District’s C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ staff conducting the testing, along with on-site Palm Beach County staff and members of the Florida Army National Guard, thank the public for their patience and their messages of appreciation.
The number to call is 561-642-1000. Attached are the CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 testing.