There are two locations in Lee County for coronavirus testing. One is located at the CenturyLink Sports Complex, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, in Fort Myers. Testing will be free and begin there on Monday, May 4. Drive-through testing will start at 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday for an indefinite period. You don’t need a doctor’s order or to be exhibiting symptoms to be tested at this site.
The other site is located at the Walmart at 2524 Lee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres. This site is scheduled to be open from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. and there is a fee. You do need an appointment, to be exhibiting symptoms and a note from your doctor in order to be tested. Eligible people may make an appointment by going to: https://myquest.questdiagnostics.com/web/mycovid19test
People who submit to the testing will be notified of the result within days. Information about a positive result will also be provided to the local office of the state Department of Health.
In addition, Quest Diagnostics has developed a test that checks for a type of antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG) that is the result of past or recent exposure to COVID-19. It usually takes about 10 – 18 days to produce enough antibodies to be detected in the blood.
Test results may help identify if you were previously exposed to the virus and, if exposed, can check whether or not your body has produced antibodies. Antibodies typically suggest protective immunity after you’ve recovered or been exposed to COVID-19.
There is a fee for this test. To learn more, go to