City of Gainesville, Community Foundation, Walmart Foundation partner to host free coronavirus testing in East Gainesville

Press release from City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville, the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, and the Walmart Foundation have partnered to deliver free drive-thru testing from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, June 27, at Citizens Field (1000 NE Waldo Road). 

“We are excited to partner with the City, Walmart, the Mobile Outreach Clinic, and the county health department to coordinate this COVID-19 testing day. Testing, along with social distancing, becomes a weapon against the spread in our community,” said Barzella Papa, Community Foundation president and CEO. 

The scheduled testing supports the East Gainesville COVID-19 Testing, Education and Relief Initiative (EGCTERI), which is dedicated to providing residents of East Gainesville with access to coronavirus testing, personal protective equipment, and educational information in the fight against coronavirus. 

“Through EGCTERI, we help our most vulnerable neighbors connect to vital community resources. This is especially important as confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to climb in the state,” said Gainesville City Commissioner Gigi Simmons. 

The Alachua County Department of Health will provide free coronavirus tests Saturday. The University of Florida College of Medicine Mobile Outreach Clinic will administer the tests on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals wishing to be tested must be 18 or older and present a valid government ID; no doctor’s note is needed. The first 300 individuals will receive PPE including face masks and hand sanitizer. 

Free coronavirus testing also is available Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment at the former headquarters of the City’s Regional Transit System (1315 SE Veitch Street). Call 352-334-8810 to schedule an appointment.