Baptist opens COVID-19 testing site in Pensacola

Baptist Health Care announced opening of their COVID-19 testing site today, adding to other private healthcare run sites in Pensacola. 

Baptist public relations specialist Kathy Bowers said the new site is conveniently located for patients and will only be open to those that go through pre-screening procedures. 

“To be tested, a patient must first be evaluated by his or her provider and meet the CDC screening requirements,” Bowers wrote in an email. “If the patient meets the criteria, the provider will order the test, and the patient will be given an appointment to be tested at the testing center. It is not a walk-in clinic format.”

The testing site will operate Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital began offering a drive-through testing site last week at their hospital campus. Those seeking testing must call 850-746-2684 for pre-screening. Ascension screened thousands of people and took hundreds of samples since opening testing.

A similar testing set up operated by Community Health Northwest Florida opened Monday at the Brownsville Community Center utilizing Ascension’s call center. 

When asked about the potential for additional testing sites, Bowers said Baptist is evaluating the possibility. 

Professional health care equipment such as swabs and masks continue to be in high demand. Gov. Ron DeSantis has expressed concerns about accessing enough swabs for testing at state testing sites with more than 500,000 on order. 

Bowers said Baptist currently has a sufficient supply for the planned testing site but “in the long term, we continue to address the challenge of having an adequate supply of testing kits.”

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