Reported COVID-19 illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. COVID-19 symptoms commonly include:
- Shortness of breath
Many people infected by COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home.
Adults 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are more likely to develop serious illness.
- FDOH-Escambia Testing Site
- Social Distancing Measures In Our Facilities
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Free COVID-19 testing is available to all Florida Residents. No appointment or preregistration is needed.
All passengers must stay inside vehicles from arrival to departure. Limit the people in your personal vehicle to a maximum of five to be tested. Staff will direct the traffic flow, obtain contact information, collect a brief medical history, and perform the COVID-19 test. Antibody tests will not be available.
Wait times may vary. Testing dates are subject to change due to inclement weather.
Cloth face coverings are required to enter the building for testing. No appointment or pre-registration needed.
Call the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County at 850-595-6500 option 6 or visit EscambiaHealth.com
WHERE: Florida Department of Health in Escambia County-Downtown Center
1300 West Gregory Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
Use the drive-thru entrance on West Wright Street between North G Street and North H Street.WHEN: OPEN 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT on the following dates
- Monday, October 26
- Tuesday, October 27
- Wednesday, October 28
- Thursday, October 29
COVID-19 Testing Flyer (1 MB; pdf)
COVID-19 Testing FAQ (569 KB; pdf)
WHAT DO I NEED IN ORDER TO BE TESTED?
- Testing is free and available to all Florida Residents, regardless of symptoms.
- Children can be tested with parental consent. Children must be able to complete the test without restraint.
- No appointment or pre-registration is needed.
- Florida Driver's License or ID.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE TESTING SITE?
- Each vehicle will be greeted and given instructions on testing procedures.
- Each individual will be asked to provide their first and last name, address, date of birth, and contact information.
- You will be given important packet of information to review that includes what to do while awaiting test results.
WHAT IS THE TESTING PROCESS?
- A health professional in personal protective equipment will provide you with
- A soft swab will be inserted into your throat or nasal passage to get the necessary sample. This may be slightly uncomfortable; however, the test is quick and should take less than a minute.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I AM TESTED?
- After you have been tested, follow signage and directions for exiting the testing site.
- After being tested, continue to monitor and record symptoms. You will receive your test results via telephone call.
- If you develop symptoms before receiving test results, contact your healthcare provider or call 850-595-6500 option 6
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
- There are no bathrooms at the testing sites.
- Each person who needs to be tested must be seated next to a working window.
- All passengers must stay inside vehicles from arrival to departure.
- Try to limit individuals in your vehicle to only those who need to be tested, no more than five in a vehicle.
- There may be signigicant wait times - Prepare by having a full tank of gas and make sure the vehicle has working air conditioning.
- Antibody tests will not be available.
For the safety of our clients and team members, we are limiting public access to our building. Most services are available by appointment. Only the person receiving the service may enter the building; a minor child may be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Persons not receiving services or accompanying a minor receiving services will not be permitted in the building.
Call 850-595-6554 to schedule an appointment for:
Call 850-595-6670 for WIC or breastfeeding services
Call 850-595-6500, option 3 for birth or death records
Everyone has an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Follow these steps in all situations, even when you feel perfectly healthy:
- Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands;
- Avoid large gatherings (more than 10 people) and stay at least six (6) feet away from others;
- Avoid unnecessary travel, especially international travel and cruise travel.
Stress, anxiety, fear, and depression are all common during an infectious disease outbreak. The Center for Disease Control lists some common ways you may feel stress during this time.
- Fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved one
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs
If you are experiencing any of these, it is okay to ask for help. The following is a list of local resources that are available.
- Call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.unitedway.org/our-impact/featured-programs/2-1-1# for local resources
- lighthouse health plan members Behavioral health 24/7 hotline 1-800-342-3222 https://lighthousehealthplan.com/en/members/coronavirus/
- Lakeview Center general information line 850-469-3500 or email email@example.com
- Lakeview Mobile Response Team 866-517-7766
- Partners for a healthy baby 1-800-985-5990; (text) ‘TalkWithUs” 66746 – 24/7 and bilingual
- NAMI Pensacola Help Line 800-950-6264
- Crisis text line (text) “gulf” 741741
For more information and tips with supporting yourself and your family during this time visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/mental-health/
The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County serves as a resource to the school districts on how to open schools in the safest manner and what mitigation strategies to employ at the time and in the manner determined by the local school districts. The county health department works collaboratively with the local superintendent, school district and school board to provide county data and trends and educate on mitigation strategies to make the school environment as safe as possible.
Many resources for schools and families are available on the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website. They include:
- Information and Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs
- School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians
- Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
- Daily Home Screening Tool
School administration officials who have questions regarding COVID-19 can consult with health department staff by reaching out to the point-of-contact designated for their level of institution:
Early Childhood Education & Child Care Centers
K-12 Educational Institutions