Receive free COVID-19 Tests via USPS

Covid-19 testing is widely available in Lee County from many providers, each with its own scheduling and registration process. Learn more about getting tested for COVID-19, the types of tests available, and where you can go to receive a test below.

When to get tested for COVID-19

Exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 - Get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days following known exposure. Communicate with your doctor about quarantining and when to get retested.

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms - Get a COVID-19 test immediately if you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Communicate with your doctor about quarantining and when to get retested. 




Types of COVID-19 tests

  1. PCR Test (nasal swab) - Considered the gold standard of COVID tests and can detect whether you’re actively infected. Results are typically available between 48-72 hours after taking the test.
  2. COVID-19 Rapid Antigen (nasal or throat swab) - Can also detect whether you’re actively infected, but negative results should be confirmed through PCR. Results are typically available the same day you take the test.
  3. Antibody testing (blood test) - Will show if you have antibodies toward a coronavirus, but it can’t confirm an active infection. Results are typically available within 72 hours of taking the test. 



Cost

Testing for COVID-19 is offered for free at the Florida Department of Health offices and many other testing locations. Pricing may vary by provider, call to confirm pricing and availability before visiting a testing location. 




Where to get a COVID-19 test

Florida Department of Health Drive-thru site
3920 Michigan Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33916

  • Free PCR testing for ages 2 and up, results available within 48-72 hours
  • Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Schedule an appointment online or call (904) 295-0562 for more information.
Other Testing Options

At Home Testing Kits 
At-home testing kits are available for purchase online and in retail pharmacies.

U.S Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service is offering a program to mail at-home testing kits directly to those who request the tests. Up to four tests per household can be requested and will be mailed directly to your home at no cost. To sign up to receive the at-home kits visit https://special.usps.com/testkits

Additional Local Testing Sites
Pharmacies, private physician offices, laboratories and public testing sites are available countywide. A full list of testing resources can be found at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites/  

Below are direct links to a sampling of testing locations. Please visit the website of each to confirm hours, appointments, cost, and the type of test available. 
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Sources for this webpage include: Centers for Disease Control (CDC),Florida Department of Health in Lee County, and Millenium Physician Group.