Get Tested for COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first. There are several public and privatized options also available for residents to be tested for COVID-19.


Symptoms can range from mild to severe illness, and appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.



Public Testing Options

There is no charge for testing at a COVID-19 public testing site. To ensure that Hillsborough County is following federal guidance on COVID-19 coronavirus testing, health insurance providers are being engaged in the COVID-19 public testing process. Bring your insurance card with you to the testing site as you may be asked for this information. Individuals who do not have insurance will still be tested for free.

Learn more about testing methods and options from the FDA. A viral test to determine if you currently have a COVID-19 infection is available at the locations below.


Testing Locations Operated by the State of Florida

The State of Florida is currently operating one testing site in our area. Rapid tests are being used at the Lee Davis Community Resource Center testing location. PCR tests are also available at this location upon request. Tests are available on a first-come, first served basis. Appointments are not scheduled in advance. Registration is conducted when you arrive on site. There is no charge for testing at this COVID-19 public testing site. Insurance is not required.


*Located within the City of Tampa*

3402 N 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33606

Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm

Testing Criteria – All ages, regardless of symptoms

No appointment necessary. Registration conducted on site.

2810 W. MLK Jr. Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33607

The West Tampa MedExpress is a designated COVID-19 testing location and is also providing urgent care services for everyday illnesses and injuries. Call 813-877-8450 before arrival to schedule a visit and for instructions.

For additional testing information and locations, please visit the Hillsborough County COVID-19 Testing website.