'I just want to be sure’: People line up outside new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Daytona International Speedway

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The first drive-thru testing site in Volusia County opened Friday at the Daytona International Speedway.

A row of cars lined up outside the testing site before 9 a.m., and a line persisted into Friday afternoon.

AdventHealth says it can do up to 500 tests a day, and there’s no up-front cost. The process at the site uses your saliva instead of doing a nasal swap. It could take about two or three days to get results back, AdventHealth officials say.

AdventHealth is asking people to make an appointment and meet the Center Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to get tested, but nobody is being turned away. You can fill out an online form here.


Thomas Patock said he’s battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and he’s worried what would happen if he contracts the virus.

“I hope I’m negative because I understand I have problems as it is, but the virus would aggravate it to a certain point where it’s not a good thing, so I just want to be sure,” he said.

The new site at the speedway drew people from all over the county.

“I’ve had a hard time getting tested in Orlando, trying to set an appointment. My boyfriend doesn’t have insurance,” said Tatyana Hollis. “We have a 3-year-old, (my boyfriend) needs a test to get back to work. We’ve been exposed someone he lives with tested positive.”

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Testing is daily through April 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Sites will open Monday at Family Health Source in Deltona and DeLand, and at the Racing and Card Club in Daytona.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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