With the recent surge in demand for Covid-19 tests, the county is opening a new drive-thru testing site at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand.
The site, which also will offer Covid vaccinations, will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The county has contracted with Family Health Source to provide the service, which is free.
Pre-registration is required for a test or vaccine. The registration portal will open at noon Sunday, Jan. 9, at myfhs.org
On Sunday, appointments will be for Monday and then will reopen one day at a time for the next available appointment day.
Insurance isn’t required to receive a test or vaccination. For those with insurance, their information will be requested during the online registration process. However, they won’t be billed any copay or coinsurance.
“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,” stated Volusia County Interim Public Protection Director Mark Swanson in a news release. “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.”
The site will offer the antigen, or rapid COVID test – a nasal swab that will be administered by trained staff from Family Health Source. Anyone age 1 and up is eligible, and residents don’t have to be experiencing symptoms to get tested. The results will be provided by a text message within about 30 minutes. Anyone who needs or wants a PCR test is encouraged to seek out one of the other community testing sites that offer it.
Moderna and Pfizer Covid booster shots will be available at the Fairgrounds, also as a drive-thru service. Whether they’re getting a Covid test or vaccine, individuals must bring a photo ID and their insurance card if they have one on the day of their appointment.
The Volusia County Fair Association Board of Directors and General Manager Ronnie Hull are permitting use of the property for the facility. Access will be from the Fairgrounds entrance on Prevatt Avenue. The site will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.