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New COVID-19 Drive-Through Test Site to Open in North Pinellas

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The site, at Ruth Eckerd Harll, will be open 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Monday (Aug. 10).

CLEARWATER – A new drive-through COVID-19 testing site is scheduled to open 7 a.m. Monday (Aug. 10) at the Ruth Eckerd Hall parking lot in Clearwater.

The site location was chosen to provide closer access to residents living and working in northern and central Pinellas County. The site is in partnership with BayCare, Pinellas County, the city of Clearwater, the Florida Department of Health Pinellas County, and Ruth Eckerd Hall.

“We are pleased to provide increased access to testing for all of our residents throughout the county,” Pinellas County Commissioner Chair Pat Gerard said. “I’m grateful that we came together with our partners to strategically assist our community.”

The test site is drive-through only, and will operate similarly to the previously closed Tropicana Field site, in that public agencies are partnering with private entities to bring testing access to the community. Pinellas County, the city of Clearwater, FDOH and Ruth Eckerd Hall are providing logistical, public safety and clinical teams for the site while BayCare Health System will provide management, testing and results notification of patients.

Testing will be available 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“As a testing site, we have the opportunity to be of service and put our resources to work for our community, albeit in a completely different way,” said Susan Crockett, Ruth Eckerd Hall President and CEO.

Patients are encouraged to bring a referral from a medical provider and those who do not will be screened based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Testing will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We thank all of our partners for working tirelessly to meet our community’s needs,” said Jim Cote, senior vice president for BayCare Ambulatory Services. “Testing is one of the most critical tools we have to fight this pandemic.”

For other testing locations, go to covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.

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