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Monday, May 16, 2022

COVID-19 testing opportunities expanded in Ocala

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has announced that local COVID-19 testing opportunities are being expanded.

Starting on Saturday, January 29, CovidTestFL.Org, a COVID-19 mobile clinical testing service, will begin testing on Saturdays.

Free testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays at the First Baptist Church of Ocala (2801 SE Maricamp Road), and those hours will continue until further notice.

CovidTestFL.Org will also maintain its regular hours for free drive-through testing at the church from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CovidTestFL.Org offers a diagnostic PCR COVID-19 test that provides results within three days via a text message or an email containing a link to results on a web portal. Expedited test results are also available for an additional fee.

Anyone seeking a test must enter the church parking lot entrance on SE 30th Avenue. To be tested, individuals need to bring a valid photo ID and should be prepared to stay in their vehicles while awaiting the test.

Minors under the age of 18 will only be tested if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

In addition, testing can be done at private labs, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, and walk-in clinics throughout Marion County.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health in Marion County and Marion County COVID-19 webpages.