BayCare to offer rapid coronavirus tests at urgent care centers

The new tests are intended to help people heading home for the holidays.
A nurse tests one of 600 motorists at parking lot 2, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg,  Monday, June 29, 2020 for the Coronavirus. Tests were given by BayCare.
A nurse tests one of 600 motorists at parking lot 2, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Monday, June 29, 2020 for the Coronavirus. Tests were given by BayCare. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Nov. 13, 2020|Updated Nov. 14, 2020

Ahead of the holidays, BayCare Health System is expanding rapid coronavirus tests, which will also test for the flu, to nine of its urgent care centers, according to a press release from the health care system.

Asymptomatic individuals can get the test, which will not be billed by insurance and will instead be a self-payment of $150, according to BayCare. Patients will get results within a half hour, and the RT-PCR test is as accurate as a lab-based test, according to BayCare. It also uses a shorter swab than the traditional PCR test.

“We’re looking forward to offering this service for patients and give them an accurate diagnosis in real-time,” said Jim Cote, the BayCare senior vice president for ambulatory services, in a press release. “This service will give people a peace of mind as they plan their holiday travels and celebrations with their families.”

Related: Florida adds highest daily coronavirus caseload since Aug. 12 with 6,933

People looking to get tested will have to make a reservation using the BayCare Save Your Spot tool. Tests are available beginning Monday, Nov. 16. It is an expansion of BayCare’s testing site at Tampa International Airport.

Patients with symptoms are encouraged to use drive-thru testing sites.

At Pinellas County’s drive-thru Tropicana Field testing site, the wait for testing was over an hour long as of Friday morning, and continued long waits are expected Saturdays, according to the Pinellas County Marketing and Communications.

BayCare’s rapid RT-PCR tests will be offered at:

BayCare Urgent Care (Countryside)

3351 North McMullen Booth Road

Clearwater, FL, 33761

BayCare Urgent Care (Clearwater)

711 South Belcher Road

Clearwater, FL, 33764

BayCare Urgent Care (New Tampa)

17512 Dona Michelle Drive, Ste 5

Tampa, FL, 33647

BayCare Urgent Care (Riverview)

10125 Big Bend Road

Riverview, FL 33578

BayCare Urgent Care (South Tampa)

1155 South Dale Mabry Hwy, Ste 7

Tampa, FL 33629

BayCare Urgent Care (Winter Haven)

400 1st Street North

Winter Haven, FL 33881

BayCare Urgent Care (St. Petersburg)

2331 4th Street North

St. Petersburg, FL, 33704

BayCare Urgent Care (Carrollwood)

11921 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Ste7

Tampa, FL, 33618

BayCare Urgent Care (Largo)

13670 Walsingham Rd

Largo, FL, 33774

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