Bay County Now Offers Rapid COVID-19 Tests – WFSU

Bay County residents can now get free, rapid COVID-19 tests.

County leaders say rapid antigen tests are now available at the Lynn Haven Sports Complex, located at 2201 Recreation Drive, the only county-owned testing site.

Residents who have coronavirus symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath – can make an appointment for a test online.

Operating hours for the Lynn Haven testing site are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here’s the county’s latest COVID-19 testing data from the Florida Department of Health in Bay County:

  • Since April, the county has reported 6,146 positive COVID-19 cases.
  • Overall, 34,625 tests have been performed. Of those, 28,531 have been negative.
  • The county’s latest seven-day (Sept 23 – 29) positivity rate – the percentage of tests that have come back positive – is 8.51%.

“Bay County has been committed to providing free testing opportunities for our citizens for several months now in an effort to slow the spread of this disease,” said Bay County Commission Chairman Philip “Griff” Griffitts in a recent press release. “We are excited to now be able to offer the public the rapid result testing that will allow people to know their status in minutes instead of days.”

Patients can wait at the site for their results or they can opt to receive a text message. Though county health care workers will double check positive rapid test results with a lab test, they won’t confirm negative rapid test results at this time.

The Food and Drug Administration offers this advice about rapid, antigen tests on its website: “Positive results are usually highly accurate but negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test.”

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Author: The Covid-19 Channel