Testing, Hospitals & Private Care Physicians

HOSPITALS, PRIVATE CARE PHYSICIANS, & URGENT CARE

Hospitals, private care physicians, and urgent care centers have policies and procedures in place for this type of event. The local hospitals have prepared for an influx of patients if needed. If a doctor suspects a case of COVID-19, they know to immediately notify their infection control program and the health department. Please do not show up to the Health Department locations in Monroe County. 

You must first see your medical health professional where he or she will determine if you meet the criteria to be tested. The health department will then be contacted by the health professional if the patient meets the criteria for testing at the state lab.

Upper Keys: Mariner’s Hospital

Phone: (305) 434-3000

Middle Keys: Fishermen’s Hospital 

Phone: (305) 743-5533

For Mariner’s and Fishermen’s Hospital: It is advised that you stay home and see a doctor remotely. If you are experiencing mild flu-like symptoms and could be exposed to Covid-19, use Baptist Health Care On Demand app to see the doctor. The app “Baptist Health Care on Demand” is available for download on the app store and Google play. Use the code CARE19 and wait for the doctor to talk to the doctor.

Lower Keys Medical Center

Phone: (305) 294-5531 

Lower Keys Medical Center: Recommends staying at home. See your physician who can advise your next step. If your doctor tells you to go to the emergency department, please call ahead. If you are having trouble breathing or another medical emergency, go to the nearest emergency room.  

All emergency rooms are open 24/7. 

TESTING

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Monroe County’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force has been working together over the last few weeks to review the testing capabilities, prioritize resources, and determine the testing needs of the county. The task force consists of members from Monroe County’s hospitals, private practices, nonprofit health care organizations, and government sectors. The task force reports multiple increased testing opportunities and capabilities and an improved capacity for those needing a test. These enhanced efforts will help better track the spread and prevalence of COVID-19 in Monroe County, and identify potential outbreaks in advance and effectively respond. Recent actions the testing task force has taken to respond to COVID-19

 • CHI (Community Health of South FL) Marathon Health Center is conducting free viral and antibody testing. Viral testing is offered every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm by appointment. CHI conducted two events—drive through testing event in Marathon on March 28 and walk-up testing event in Key West, Bahama Village on May 11. More information forthcoming on future testing days. Call (305) 216-2107 or email KeysCovid19@chisouthfl.org.

 • Rural Health Network offers free viral and antibody testing in Key West by appointment. RHN conducted a screening and testing event in Key West, Bahama Village on May 7. More testing events are planned. Call (305) 517-6613. 

• Good Health Clinic provides free rapid response serology antibody tests to patients. Through a partnership with Dr. Stan Zuba, testing is also conducted in the Upper Keys.

 • Commercial labs, such as Quest and LabCorp, can conduct viral and antibody (rapid) tests. LabCorp currently conducts testing at Walgreens in Key West with a prescription.

 • Advanced Urgent Care can conduct both viral and antibody tests and can test those with minimal to no symptoms. They have locations in Key West, Marathon, and Key Largo. They have conducted over 400 COVID-19 tests in Monroe County since May 13. Patients can pre-register for testing and download the Antibody Screening form at www.urgentcarefloridakeys.com, or call (305) 294-0011.

 • Dr. John W Norris III MD PA provides oral and nasal virus screening, as well as blood antibody testing. Call (305) 296-1022.

 • Keys AHEC conducts viral and antibody testing for current patients and extended family members at all its sites. • Islamorada, Village of Islands has committed $50,000 to pay for COVID-19 testing for uninsured Islamorada residents, including those over the age of 65, at risk, and any resident who wishes to be tested regardless of symptoms. More information is forthcoming.

 • Lower Keys Medical Center provides rapid COVID-19 testing for patients in the community whose healthcare providers determine that they meet the criteria. Pre-operative COVID-19 testing is also performed four days prior to a surgical patient’s scheduled procedure.

 • Baptist Health South Florida – Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital emergency rooms offer COVID-19 testing to patients exhibiting severe symptoms or require hospitalization. Community members can also use the Baptist Health Care On Demand telehealth app for a virtual consultation to assess symptoms and determine next steps.

 • Since day one of this pandemic, DOH-Monroe’s epidemiologists have been the only group conducting indepth contact tracing with all confirmed cases in Monroe county with the formulation of a timeline of when their illness started and communicating with all close contacts of such cases. Calls are made to confirmed cases and their close contacts daily.

Testing is available at the discretion of a doctor, healthcare provider, or urgent care center. 

CHI Testing

Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) is testing for Coronavirus COVID-19 in Monroe County.

CHI Marathon Health Center 2805 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050 every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Must be a resident of Monroe County. Call first 305-216-2107 or email KeysCovid19@chisouthfl.org

In addition, CHI is now offering telehealth visits for primary care, pediatrics, behavioral health for adults and children, OB/GYN and dental to improve the continuity of care. Most insurances cover telehealth and CHI offers a sliding fee scale based on income for the uninsured.  Call to make your appointment at (305) 252-4820. 

Fake COVID-19 Test Kits

Fake COVID-19 test kits containing toxic substances are being shipped globally. Fake test kits were labeled “CoronaVirus 2019nconv (COVID-19)” and “Virus1 Test Kit.” Sheriff Rick Ramsay urges all residents to NOT BUY test kits online or through anyone or organization other than your direct healthcare professional.

INTERFACILITY TRANSFERS

  • Monroe County Fire Rescue will transport life-threatening situations to the mainland regardless of COVID-19. As with any communicable disease, Monroe County Fire Rescue has the policies and procedures in place to protect themselves and sterilize to protect future patients.