Palm Beach County will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Boynton Beach on Monday morning, officials said Saturday.
Testing will be available at Caloosa Park, 1300 SW 35th Ave., beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. The site can be entered from Congress Avenue south of Woolbright Road. Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week until further notice, according to an emailed notice from county officials.
Testing is free, but insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, as well as private insurance will be billed to cover the costs of testing, so visitors to the site are asked to bring their insurance cards.
The Caloosa Park site is the ninth site in the county for COVID-19 testing. The others are: FAU Tech Runway, South County Civic Center, Mid-County Senior Center, Gaines Park, Wells Community Center, Palm Beach Gardens Library, Department of Health-Belle Glade, and the Health Care District site at Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade.
Also Saturday, Riviera Beach Police said that since Wells Community Center serves as both a testing and voting site, a traffic detour would be available for those taking part in early voting for the Jan. 11 special election. The testing site will be closed that day, police said.
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County officials said Saturday that there are many other places to get tested for the coronavirus. Most pharmacies and doctor's offices are equipped to do the testing, and there are more than 160 sites listed on the county's website at www.pbc.gov. Officials ask that people refrain from visiting hospital emergency rooms to get tested.
For more information, call 866-779-6121 or visit discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus.
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