Free COVID-19 testing available twice per week


A registered nurse with the Department of Health tests Steven Verdejo Jr., 16, for the coronavirus during the COVID-19 drive-thru testing at the Florida Department of Health Marion County in Ocala, Fla. on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Department of Health is testing for COVID-19 three-four days a week with prior appointments. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Posted February 1, 2021 | Ocala Gazette Staff

A registered nurse with the Department of Health tests Steven Verdejo Jr., 16, in this June file photo. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is offering free COVID-19 drive-through testing twice a week.
The testing is available at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the day’s available samples are used.Scheduled testing dates include:
  • Feb. 3, 8 and 10 (testing will not be available in late February due to scheduling conflicts)
  • March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31
  • April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28

A valid ID is required for testing. Those 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Only people who are being tested should be in the vehicle, with the exception of parents, guardians or caregivers. No pets are permitted in the vehicle during tests. School students should refrain from eating or drinking anything 15 to 30 minutes prior to their tests. People should be prepared to stay in their vehicles while awaiting testing. Restroom facilities will not be available.