Drive-thru testing center coming to Brownsville, March 23

Escambia County, the City of Pensacola, Ascension Sacred Heart and Community Health Northwest Florida have partnered to open a drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Brownsville Community Center, located at 3200 W. De Soto St., opening Monday, March 23.

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

Once patients have been pre-screened through the call center for symptoms, they will be sent to the drive-through testing site for a nasal swab test.

The screening call center will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The drive-through clinic will open Monday, March 23 and will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We believe resources need to be in every neighborhood,” said District 3 County Commissioner Lumon May. “After much conversation with local leaders we decided to do something that could benefit the entire neighborhood. I am very proud of this partnership with our health care providers, faith-based community and local government to make our community better during this unprecedented global event.”

At the today’s press conference, Community Health Northwest Florida CEO Chandra Smiley announced the partnership with Ascension Sacred Heart.

“We are working with Sacred Heart on sharing resources,” said Smiley. “We’ll be using the same call-in center phone number that Justin Labrato referenced earlier. The same process and protocols will be in place for this mobile testing site, which is one you must call first, go through the telephonic screening process in order to be referred to the mobile testing site.”