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COVID-19 testing
OPEN WIDE — A Florida National Guard medic swabs a staff member at a Miami nursing home as part of a COVID-19 test. PHOTO COURTESY FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD

It’s a familiar sight — long lines to get COVID-19 tests — and it’s becoming more and more common across West Volusia. To meet the rising demand, Volusia County has partnered with Family Health Source to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave.

The testing site will operate 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Appointments will be required at the fairgrounds testing site, and a web portal for scheduling tests will open Sunday, Jan. 9.

Appointments for testing will be available on a daily basis for the day prior to a test. Want an appointment on Monday, Jan. 10? You can schedule it on Sunday, Jan. 9, and so on. Access to the site will be available on Prevatt Ave. 

The site will offer rapid COVID-19 tests, with results available by text message in approximately 30 minutes.

“With the increasing number of people seeking to get tested, this new site should help alleviate the pressure and excess demand that some of the other sites have been experiencing,” Volusia County Interim Public Protection Director Mark Swanson said. “We’re hopeful that the spike in new cases will subside soon. But in the meantime, we want to increase our county’s testing capacity and provide residents with another option for receiving COVID-related services.”

Anyone age 1 and up is eligible to receive a COVID-19 test.

Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination will also be offered at the fairgrounds site, also by appointment only. The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be available for all eligible persons.

COVID-19 tests and vaccinations at the site are free of charge, but a photo ID is required. When scheduling an appointment, you will be asked to provide medical insurance — which is not required — but you will not be charged a copay.

The site will operate for the foreseeable future and as long as the demand for testing is high. COVID-19 testing and vaccinations will not be available at the fairgrounds site on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17.

To schedule an appointment online, visit www.myfhs.org/. The portal for the Volusia County Fairgrounds testing and vaccination site will open Sunday, Jan. 9.

For more information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination resources in Volusia County, click HERE.

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