Mayor John Dailey and officials with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare held a press conference on Tallahassee’s COVID-19 testing program on Thursday, March 19.
Drive-through testing is being administered at the Northwood Centre. Officials stated that 70 people were tested on March 18, the first day of collection.
Chad Moore, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Executive Director of Clinical Operations, explained the testing process.
He said the process consists of two steps, registration and collection. When a patient arrives at the site, they first go to the registration area and verify their physician’s order. Then, they proceed to the second area for sample collection.
Notably, a physician referral is required to be tested at this time. Dr. Temple Robinson, CEO of Bond Community Health Center, said people should call their doctor to get guidance and a referral before showing up to the testing center.
Officials also said that, at this time, mass screening is currently not an option and urged asymptomatic people to not be tested in order to dedicate resources to those who are showing symptoms.