Who can get tested at Lot J & Prime Osborn? Other options?

A Florida National Guard soldier works alongside a local nurse to learn the processes at Jacksonville’s COVID-19 community-based testing site at TIAA Bank Field.
A Florida National Guard soldier works alongside a local nurse to learn the processes at Jacksonville’s COVID-19 community-based testing site at TIAA Bank Field. (Photo by Sgt. Michael Baltz, Florida National Guard Public Affairs Detachment)

With access to COVID-19 testing expanding in Jacksonville, it’s fair to wonder who’s eligible to get tested at the government-run drive-through sites operating in the city and around Northeast Florida.

So with that in mind, let’s recap the options and requirements for each:

Lot J at TIAA Bank Field

Testing is open to people of all ages who have respiratory symptoms of coronavirus, as well as health care workers and first responders who have had direct contact with confirmed cases. This is a regional, state-run center open to any Florida resident.

Patients are no longer required to have an on-site temperature of 99.6 degrees or higher. This comes after the recent decision to lift the requirement that people be of age 65 or older to get tested. It’s not necessary to have a doctor’s note or appointment, but people do need to present some symptoms or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive to receive a test.

The Lot J site is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, or while supplies last. Not operated by the Florida National Guard, the site can test up to 750 people per day.

Those seeking testing should bring their own pen and photo ID. They’re asked to remain inside their vehicles at all times. Only four people in each vehicle will be tested.

American Sign Language and Spanish-language interpreters will be on hand to help as needed.


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