Wait Times Increase at Brevard County’s Four COVID-19 Test Sites
By Space Coast Daily // December 28, 2021
Brevard County is currently classified as a community of high transmission of the virus
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Residents and visitors to Brevard County COVID-19 testing sites are being asked to exercise patience as long lines and subsequent wait times – nearly two hours in some instances on Monday – have resulted from the latest surge in COVID cases. Brevard County officials said tat local testing is keeping up with demand.
Within the past week, the Florida Department of Health has reported a nearly quadruple spike in the number of positive COVID-19 tests in Brevard County, from 50 per 100,000 the previous week, to 199 per 100,000 as of the latest update from FDOH this past Friday, Dec. 24.
Those increasing numbers have prompted an increase in the demand for testing.
Brevard officials said the number of people waiting at the four Brevard County Emergency Management-supported test sites on Monday were “significantly longer than the previous week.”
“What’s being seen in Brevard County mirrors the spike experienced statewide in the number of COVID-19 cases,” said Brevard County officials. “Brevard County is currently classified as a community of high transmission of the virus.”
Recommendations to protect yourself from becoming infected by COVID-19 have changed little since the pandemic first began in 2020: Wash your hands frequently, social distance, wear facial coverings, stay home if you’re sick, and get vaccinated or, if you have been vaccinated, follow through by getting a booster shot.
COVID-19 tests are available here:
■ Florida Department of Health-Brevard (walk-up site): 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. Appointment-only testing site Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
■ Parrish Medical Center (drive-thru site): 951 N. Washington Ave., Titusville. Appointment-only testing Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
■ Rockledge City Center (drive-thru site): 920 Barton Blvd., Rockledge. Testing Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (pre-registration recommended; walk-ins welcome)
■ West Melbourne Community Park (walk-up site): 3000 Minton Road, West Melbourne. Testing Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (use Fell Road entrance to park. Pre-registration is recommended; walk-ins welcome)
Monoclonal antibody treatment is also available at Rockledge City Center for those who can provide positive test results. This treatment is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, visit patientportalfl.com.