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Seminole County FL - APRIL 27 COVID-19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (April 27, 2020)- Seminole County Office of Emergency Management has been under a Local State of Emergency (LSE) since March 2, 2020, and continues to monitor COVID-19. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY & PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY

  • 9:00-9:30a.m., Media Availability at Test Site, 451 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs
    • Speakers include:
      • Alan Harris, Seminole County Emergency Manager
      • Donna Walsh, Florida Department of Health Seminole County Health Officer
      • Alex Castro, Allied Health President
    • Media staging is available at the Sears Automotive Center Parking Lot
    • On site media contact is Michelle Sosa, Altamonte Springs Police Public Information Officer, 407-488-5319
  • 2:00p.m. Press Conference, Public Safety Building, 150 Eslinger Way, Sanford
    • Speakers include:
      • Jay Zembower, Board of County Commissioners Chairman
      • Alan Harris, Seminole County Emergency Manager
      • Donna Walsh, Florida Department of Health Seminole County Health Officer
      • Latrice Stewart, True Health Chief Executive Officer
      • Alex Castro, Allied Health President
    • FOR MEDIA USE ONLY: A press feed will be provided to limit number of individuals in the room. Reporters who are not present can text questions to Ashley Moore at 407-509-5862 (please include reporter name/affiliation, who the question is directed to and exact questions).

ALTAMONTE MALL DRIVE THRU TEST SITE OPENS TODAY
Allied Health, a non-profit provider, in partnership with Seminole County and the City of Altamonte Springs, is offering a Drive Thru Test Site at Altamonte Mall daily from Monday, April 27 through Saturday, May 2, with up to 250 tests administered per day.

Patients must make a reservation in order to be tested. Testing “fast passes” are offered for patients making reservations, allowing the patient to arrive anytime during their “fast past” hour window. As of 7:00a.m., only 150 appointments remained.

The drive thru will be located on the first floor of the parking garage adjacent to the AMC Theater. Patients should enter at Essex Avenue/Mall Drive from East Altamonte Drive.

There is no charge for this service, regardless of insurance status. Insured patients should bring their insurance card so that Allied Health may reconcile costs with insurance providers.

  • Address: 451 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs
  • Dates/Times: Monday, April 27 through Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
  • Criteria: Patient should be either a first responder/healthcare worker, symptomatic or have had contact with COVID-positive patient
  • Requirements: Must have identification, bring insurance card if insured; accepting all patients regardless of insurance status (uninsured, underinsured and insured)
  • Cost: No co-pay, no charge regardless of insurance status
  • Appointments: Appointments required; get a Testing Fast Pass by visiting https://covidtest.eventbrite.com; Testing Fast Passes offer a one-hour window to show up for testing
    • Appointments can also be made by calling 407-665-0000

POP-UP COMMUNITY TEST SITES
Pop Up Community Test Sites are intended to serve those without transportation or accessibility to other sites or clinics; no cost testing is available in select Seminole County neighborhoods in partnership with True Health and Florida Department of Health-Seminole.

Patients must bring identification, patients do not have to exhibit symptoms. Testing is free of charge regardless of insurance status; patients with insurance should bring insurance cards.

Appointments are not necessary. Sites will be operational from 10:00a.m. until 2:00p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, April 27- Bookertown Community Center, 4631 Gilbert Street, Sanford
  • Tuesday, April 28- Georgetown, Historic Sanford Stadium, 1201 Mellonville Avenue, Sanford
  • Wednesday, April 29- Jamestown, Rockhill Missionary Baptist Church 3036 Weston St, Oviedo
  • Thursday, April 30- Lincoln Heights, Journeys Academy, 1722 West Airport Boulevard, Sanford
  • Please note, additional sites will be offered on Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5, locations will be announced mid-week

For those with transportation that wish to have testing administered by True Health, Emergency Management suggests making an appointment for curbside testing at a True Health clinic for convenience; True Health has convenient locations across Central Florida, with three in Seminole County. Appointment times mitigate wait times at drive thru sites and True Health clinic locations offer no charge testing, as well.

Find a list of private providers and community clinics offering testing on PrepareSeminole.org.

STAY INFORMED
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel are available daily from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. by phone to answer non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 at 407-665-0000. Spanish-speaking operators are on standby to assist.

Visit PrepareSeminole.org for information related to COVID-19 in Seminole County.

Text COVID19INFO to 888-777 to receive updates from Seminole County Office of Emergency Management. Visit Nextdoor.com, Facebook.com/SeminoleCounty, Twitter.com/seminolecounty, and Instagram (SeminoleCountyFL).

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