Community Health Northwest Florida, Ascension Sacred Heart open third drive-thru testing site

As reported this weekend:

Escambia County, Community Health Northwest Florida and Ascension Sacred Heart have partnered to open a drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Community Health Pediatrics located at 470 South Highway 29, Unit B, in Cantonment on Tuesday, March 31.

“As a healthcare provider with clinic locations in Cantonment and Century, we are committed to the health and safety of all families in north Escambia,” said Chandra Smiley, CEO and Executive Director of Community Health Northwest Florida. “We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Escambia County and Ascension Sacred Heart to provide this important access point for COVID-19 testing.”

IMPORTANT: All patients are required to be pre-screened before arriving at the drive-through testing center by calling the Ascension Sacred Heart COVID-19 Pre-Screening Call Center at 850-746-2684. Those who have not been pre-screened over the phone will not be provided access to the drive-through test center.

Patients who meet the pre-screening criteria will be sent to the drive-through testing site for a nasal swab test.

“Unfortunately, there have been several positive cases in Cantonment, so the opening of this test site is crucial in preventing community spread and keeping people healthy,” said Escambia County Board Chairman Steven Barry. “Since the COVID-19 test is free, then I encourage everyone with symptoms of fever, dry cough or shortness of breath to please call ahead and be pre-screened. The health of the community is our top priority.”

The pre-screening call center will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The drive-through clinic will open Tuesday, March 31 and will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.