Federal Drive-Thru COVID-19 Site Removes Fever From Testing Requirements

March 27, 2020  
COVID-19 testing tents in parking lot

The federally-sponsored drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at TIAA Bank Field in parking lot J will no longer require patients to have an on-site temperature of 99.6 degrees or higher, effective Saturday, March 28. This follows the recent expansion of testing criteria to include patients of all ages. Patients must still either exhibit respiratory symptoms, or be a first responder or healthcare worker who has direct contact with patients.

This site will continue to operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for as long as supplies last. While a doctor’s order and appointment are not required, clients will be evaluated by a medical professional on site. Patients who do not meet the criteria will not receive a test and will be sent home.

Those attempting to be tested should:

  • Bring their own pen
  • Bring a photo ID (first responders and healthcare professionals should bring a work ID)
  • Refrain from taking any fever-reducing medicine four to six hours before testing
  • Remain inside of vehicle at all times

A maximum of four people per car will be screened and tested; each person must be sitting at a functioning window. Additional passengers will be asked to move to the back of the line or return the following day.

As long lines are expected, it is important for drivers to follow the directions of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office traffic officers.

  • Drivers coming from the West side of town should use Bay Street.
  • Drivers coming from the East side should use Gator Bowl Boulevard.

Public restrooms will not be available. American Sign Language and Spanish-language interpreters will be on site to assist.