Get Tested for COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first. There are several public and privatized options also available for residents to be tested for COVID-19.

symptoms

Symptoms can range from mild to severe illness, and appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Please note that there are two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

  1. A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  2. An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection.
    • An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.


A viral test to determine if you currently have a COVID-19 infection is available at the locations below.

Hillsborough County

Any Hillsborough County resident can request an appointment. You do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms to be tested. The tests at the public testing sites are free. Insurance is NOT required, nor is a doctor’s note or prescription. A reservation is necessary to ensure that time slots are available at the testing site, to increase the speed of the actual testing process, and so that you receive important instructions. When your appointment is booked, you will receive a confirmation code that you will be asked to provide upon arrival at the testing site. 

Appointments can be made for Hillsborough County testing online at hcflgov.net/covidtesting or by phone. The Hillsborough County call center is open weekdays from 8 am - 5 pm. Call 888-513-6321 to make an appointment to be tested at any of the below sites.

 

Raymond James Stadium

4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.

Tampa, FL 33607

Hours of Operation: Tues. and Fri.

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

 

Lee Davis Community Resource Center

3402 N 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33606

Days of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Hours: 8 a.m. – noon.

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

Must call for appointments: 888-513-6321

 

SouthShore Community Resource Center

201 14th Ave SE

Ruskin, FL 33570

Days of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Hours: 8 a.m. – noon.

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

Must call for appointments: 888-513-6321

 

Plant City Community Resource Center

307 N. Michigan Ave.

Plant City, FL 33566

Days of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Hours: 8 a.m. – noon.

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

Must call for appointments: 888-513-6321

 

Suncoast Community Health Centers

313 S. Lakewood Drive, Brandon, FL 33511

Days and Hours of Operation: Monday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Wednesday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - noon

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

Must call for appointments: 888-513-6321

 

Redeemer Lutheran Church

701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573

Days of Operation: Monday and Wednesday

Hours: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

Must call for appointments: 888-513-6321

 

Wimauma Opportunity Center

5128 FL-674, Wimauma, FL 33598

Days of Operation: Monday and Wednesday

Hours: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

Must call for appointments: 888-513-6321

 

Additional Testing Locations

Below are privatized COVID-19 testing options. PLEASE NOTE: These locations may charge fees and/or require insurance.Please contact each organization directly regarding cost, insurance requirements, hours, appointments, etc.

 

CVS Minute Clinic

CVS Minute Clinic offers drive-thru testing at several locations in the Tampa Bay area. Patients must legally reside in the state where the test is given and be 18 years of age or older. All tests must be scheduled in advance. Every individual who wants a test must make an appointment at MinuteClinic.com. Appointments can be made for the same day and up to two days in advance (depending on availability).

 

At test sites located at CVS stores, insurance is accepted. Please bring your insurance information with you. Patients should not have any out-of-pocket costs, but you should check with your health plan to confirm before scheduling a test. If you do not have insurance, bring your Social Security number (card not needed), driver's license or state ID.

 

1 South Missouri Avenue, Clearwater

 20287 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater

 4000 East Bay Drive, Clearwater

 2322 Land O Lakes Boulevard, Lutz

 8905 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo

 3771 Tampa Road, Oldsmar

 5905 US Highway 301, Riverview

 8001 9th Street North, St. Petersburg

 4401 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa

 2911 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa

 5357 Ehrlich Road, Tampa

 4120 #2 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa

 611 South Howard Avenue, Tampa

 1000 East Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs

 

BayCare

BayCare supports drive-thru testing centers in the Tampa Bay region. Pre-screening is necessary before accessing a COVID-19 testing site. BayCare’s drive-thru sites serve patients with a doctor’s referral or those who are symptomatic in order to reserve limited testing supplies for those who are most at risk. Individuals who show up at a drive-thru site without a doctor’s referral are screened based on guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those who meet criteria have a specimen collected for testing. For a list of drive-thru testing locations or for more information, please visit BayCare.org.

 

Walgreens

Testing is available by appointment only. To receive an appointment for testing, individuals must first complete the screening survey using the Get started button above to determine eligibility.

 

The West Tampa MedExpress

2810 W. MLK Jr. Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33607

 

The West Tampa MedExpress is a designated COVID-19 testing location and is also providing urgent care services for everyday illnesses and injuries. Call 813-877-8450 before arrival to schedule a visit and for instructions.