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.

Public Testing Options

There is no charge for testing at any of these COVID-19 public testing sites. Insurance is not required.

Learn more about testing methods and options from the FDA. A viral test to determine if you currently have a COVID-19 infection is available at the locations below.

Important Update Regarding Health Insurance: To ensure that Hillsborough County is following federal guidance on COVID-19 coronavirus testing, health insurance providers are being engaged in the COVID-19 public testing process. Bring your insurance card with you to the testing site as you may be asked for this information. Individuals who do not have insurance will still be tested for free.

Testing Locations Operated by the State of Florida

The State of Florida is operating two testing sites in our area. Test are available on a first-come, first served basis. Appointments are not scheduled in advance. Registration is conducted when you arrive on site. There is no charge for testing at any of these COVID-19 public testing sites. Insurance is not required.

*Located within the City of Tampa*

4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.

Tampa, FL 33607

Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-4pm

*Hours are subject to change due to events

Testing Criteria – Ages 5 and up, regardless of symptoms

No appointment necessary. Registration conducted on site.

*Located within the City of Tampa*

3402 N 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33606

Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8am-4pm

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

No appointment necessary. Registration conducted on site.

Testing Locations Operated by Hillsborough County

Any Hillsborough County resident can receive free COVID-19 testing. 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 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.

313 S. Lakewood Drive, Brandon, FL 33511

Hours of Operation: Monday 5:30pm-8:30pm, Wednesday 5:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday 9am-12pm

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

Must have an appointment: Call (888) 513-6321 or visit hcflgov.net/covidtesting

Privatized Testing Options

At Home Testing

Some laboratories offer at-home COVID-19 testing. A collection kit will be mailed directly to your home to collect a nasal swab sample to return to a lab.

Pixel by LabCorp

For payment, LabCorp will bill your insurance for the test. If you don’t have insurance, payment can be processed through public funding, at no cost to you. Once received by mail, complete the self-test swab and return to the lab. Results will be posted online. Learn more on the LabCorp website.

Additional Paid Test at Home Options

After an online screening, you can collect your nasal swab sample and send it for processing to a certified lab for secure digital results within 24-48 hours. A telehealth consult is available to guide you through your next steps. This test must be covered by your insurance provider, according to federal law. An itemized receipt will be available for download and submission for reimbursement once your results are released. Learn more on the EverlyWell website.

This test is a physician ordered and reported saliva collection test for COVID-19, which has the same effectiveness as the swab test, is performed under supervision via Zoom video call, eliminating the risk of person-to-person exposure to the virus. Learn more on the Vault website.

This self-collected testing kit for COVID-19 uses a hassle-free saliva sample to determine if you are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The kits ship with the highest priority postage for the fast delivery to your home and back to the lab. Within 72 hours of the lab receiving your sample, you will receive secure digital results. Learn more on the Vitagene website.

Additional Testing Locations

TGH Urgent Care offers COVID-19 testing options, including antibody testing and rapid 15-minute testing, at all of ten Tampa Bay area locations. These locations are performing COVID-19 testing on an appointment only basis (subject to supply and PPE availability) to ensure that testing is completed in a safe environment for all patients and team members. Schedule a reservation with TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track.

South Tampa
3301 West Gandy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33611

Downtown at The Heights
303 W Palm Ave
Tampa, FL 33602

Carrollwood
4505 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33624

Westchase
11969 Sheldon Rd
Tampa, FL 33626

Wesley Chapel
5504 Gateway Blvd
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Riverview
11406 U.S. 301 S
Riverview, FL 33569

Brandon
799 West Lumsden Rd
Brandon, FL 33511

Sun City Center
16521 U.S. Highway 301
Wimauma, FL 33598

Seminole
7601 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL 33772

Tyrone
3251 66th St North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710

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 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 has partnered with the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services (HHS) to open drive-thru testing locations in Florida. Testing will be provided to eligible individuals at no cost.

To be tested, one must first take the eligibility assessment at Walgreens.com/COVID19Testing. After deemed eligible and an online appointment is made, the test is administered through self-collection using a nasal swab, while remaining inside the vehicle. A pharmacist will be onsite to provide instructions and results will be delivered via phone or email within a few days.

Drive-thru testing locations in Tampa are located at 3917 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa FL. Open 7 days a week, from 9am-5pm.

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.