Testing

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published testing guidelines to help health care professionals make decisions about who needs to be tested. Testing is recommended for:
  • People who have signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19;

  • People with known or suspected exposure to COVID-19;

  • People in high-risk settings, such as settings that house vulnerable populations in close quarters for extended periods of time (e.g., long-term care facilities, correctional and detention facilities) and settings where critical infrastructure workers (e.g., healthcare personnel, first responders) may be disproportionately affected.

For more information on testing, you can contact the Florida Health Department COVID-19 Hotline, which is open 24/7, at 1 (866) 779-6121, or the Miami Dade County Health Department at 305-324-2400. Note that there may be an increased volume of callers, and it may take some time to be connected. If you have a primary care doctor, you should call their office first for instructions on being screened for testing.

Some health care facilities also offer antibody tests. These tests check your blood for antibodies for COVID-19, which show if you previously contracted the virus. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19. It’s also unclear if those antibodies can provide protection (immunity) against reinfection. This means that we do not know at this time if antibodies make you immune to the virus. The CDC is evaluating the performance of commercially manufactured antibody tests in collaboration with other government agencies. To see if you have a current COVID-19 infection, you need a diagnostic test that checks respiratory samples, such as a swab from inside your nose. The locations below offer diagnostic testing. 

Testing for Homebound Local Seniors
The City of Miami Fire-Rescue is offering free, in-home COVID-19 testing for homebound local seniors, age 65 and above, who are experiencing symptoms and don’t have access to transportation. If you know someone who fits this criteria, please direct them to call 305-960-5050 for assistance.

Residents of Coral Gables may contact the City’s COVID-19 Hotline at 305-460-5401 to get information about homebound COVID testing.

Miami Beach residents over the age of 65 who are experiencing symptoms but are homebound may call to request a COVID-19 test to be performed at their home. You must first make an appointment by calling 305-604-2489 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Testing is provided by MedRite with the help of the Miami Beach Fire Department.

Testing Sites in Miami-Dade County
COVID-19 testing centers have arrived in South Florida, and more are expected to open in the coming weeks. This list will be continuously updated as more testing sites begin to open. Each of the centers has different criteria for testing eligibility and different hours of operation.

Marlins Park 
Address: 501 Marlins Way, Miami
Testing Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Criteria: The site is by appointment only and for those 18 and older. You do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms.
Process: Call for an appointment at 305-499-8767 or schedule an appointment online. There are 400 slots per day. This site is drive-thru, meaning you must stay in your vehicle. Only one other passenger is allowed in the car, and both driver and passenger will be tested. Testing is conducted in the west parking lots.

Miami-Dade County Youth Fairgrounds
Address: 10901 Coral Way, Miami
Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Criteria: This site is by appointment only for those 12 and older. You do not need to be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Process: You can make an appointment online or by calling 305-499-8767. There are 330 slots per day. This site is drive thru, meaning you must stay in your vehicle. Only one other passenger is allowed in the car, and both driver and passenger will be tested. Enter by Southwest 107th Avenue at Southwest 20th Street.

South Dade Government Center
Address: 10710 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay
Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Criteria: This site is by appointment only for those 12 and older. You do not need to be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Process: You can make an appointment online or by calling 305-499-8767. There are 330 slots per day. This site is drive thru, meaning you must stay in your vehicle. Only one other passenger is allowed in the car, and both driver and passenger will be tested. Enter by Southwest 107th Avenue at Southwest 20th Street. Testing is conducted at Lot E behind the building.

Community Health of South Florida Doris Ison Health Center
Address: 10300 SW 216th St., Cutler Bay
Testing Hours: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Criteria: You do not need to be experiencing symptoms to get tested at this site.
Process: Those who meet the testing criteria are asked to call the nonprofit first at 305-252-4820 to schedule an appointment. Testing is available on a first come, first served basis. Staff will check vitals, take medical history, and prioritize those with pre-existing medical conditions who are symptomatic. You will be asked for your insurance card (if you have one)

Larkin Community Hospital
Address: 1475 W. 49th Pl., Hialeah
Testing Hours: By appointment only
Process: Sign up for an appointment at https://cvtesting.larkinhospital.com/en/ or by calling 305-830-0790. Because a private lab is conducting the testing, this site does not currently accept Medicare, Medicaid, or other government or private insurances. The price for the test is $150.

Hard Rock Stadium (Viral and Antibody Testing)
Address: 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens
Testing Hours: daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Criteria: 750 viral tests and 125 antibody tests are available every day to anyone 18 or older. You do not need to be showing symptoms of COVID-19. 
Process: This site is drive-thru, meaning you must stay in your vehicle. No appointment is needed. You must complete a viral test before getting an antibody test.

Amelia Earhart Park
Address: 401 E. 65th Street, Hialeah
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.
Criteria: Testing is available for anyone 18 or older with COVID-19 symptoms.
Process: Call 305-COVID19 to make an appointment. Enter at Palm Avenue and East 65th Street entrance. Testing will occur at the rotunda immediately adjacent to the entrance. No walk-ins; cars only. No bikes or mopeds. Individuals being tested must sit by a working window. Only two individuals permitted in the vehicle: driver and passenger.

Miami Beach Convention Center (Viral and Antibody Testing)
Address: 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach
Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Criteria: Testing is available for anyone 18 or older with COVID-19 symptoms.
Process: This site is walk-up and drive-thru, no appointment needed for viral or antibody testing. For walk-up testing, enter at 17th Street and Convention Center Drive, within municipal parking lot P-29. You must wear a face covering and bring a photo ID. For drive-thru testing, enter at 17th Street and Convention Center Drive. Remain in your vehicle with the windows up and place a photo ID on the dashboard. Everyone in the vehicle should be wearing a face covering, display a photo ID and be seated next to a working window. There is a maximum of five tests per vehicle. 

West Perrine Health Center
Address: 18255 Homestead Ave., Miami
Hours: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays
Criteria: Testing is available for anyone 12 and older. Minors must arrive with a parent or legal guardian
Process: No appointment required. This site is walk-up; you do not need a car. You must wear a face mask.


Jessie Trice Community Health System
County residents are to call 305-694-6282 to make an appointment. An appointment is necessary in order to be tested.


Walmart
Address: 3200 NW 79th Street, Miami
Hours: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Criteria: Testing is available for Miami-Dade County residents who are 18 or older and have COVID-19 symptoms Healthcare providers, first responders, and others in high-risk groups can be tested without symptoms.
Process: This site is by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment here. Arrive no more than ten minutes before your appointment time. Appointments are drive-thru in the Walmart parking lot.

CVS Pharmacy
Address: 12701 SW 42nd Street, Miami
Hours: By appointment
Criteria: Self-swab tests will be available to individuals 18 and older who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria.
Process: Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment. Bring proof of identity and in-state residence, as well as your test confirmation email or text message. Patients are required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.

CVS Pharmacy
Address: 8740 Bird Road, Miami
Hours: By appointment
Criteria: Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. 
Process: Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment. Bring proof of identity and in-state residence, as well as your test confirmation email or text message. Patients are required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.

CVS Pharmacy
Address: 591 NE 79th Street, Miami
Hours: By appointment
Criteria: Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. 
Process: Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment. Bring proof of identity and in-state residence, as well as your test confirmation email or text message. Patients are required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.

Federally Qualified Health Centers
Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the Health Services and Research Administration-Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients.

Banyan HC
Phone: 305-774-3400
Address: 3733 W. Flagler Street, Miami 33134
Process: screening for test over the phone.

Borinquen HC
Phone: 305-576-6611
Address: 5040 NW 7th St, Miami, FL, 33126
Process: testing available for established patients only; screening done over the phone.

Care Resource CHC
Phone: 305-534-0503
Addresses: Miami Beach Center – 1680 Michigan Ave Ste 912, Miami Beach; Little Havana Center – 1901 SW 1st St, Miami
Process: screening over the phone

Citrus HC
Phone: 305-558-0151
Address: 4125 W 20th Ave, Hialeah – adult primary care
Process: screening over the phone as well as walk-ins

Community Health SoFla
Phone: 305-252-4853
Addresses: Center in Cutler Bay – 10300 SW 216th Street, Miami; South Miami Center – 1901 SW 1st St, Miami; Coconut Grove Center – 3831 Grand Ave, Miami
Criteria: Patients must have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19, live in a community with ongoing COVID-19 spread, or have a need for a COVID-19 test to be able to return to work.
Process: Drive-thru testing 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Monday to Friday

Miami Beach CHC
Phone: 305-538-8835
Address: 710 Alton Rd, Miami Beach
Process: screening over the phone and in-person

Jackson Memorial
Phone: 305-585-1111
Address: 611 N.W. 12th Avenue, Miami
Process: screening over the phone or in-person