PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay will postpone the COVID-19 testing at City Hall scheduled for May 15, 16 and 18, following the Florida Department of Emergency Management's (FDEM) decision to temporarily close drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites beginning Friday, May 15 through the weekend due to a low-pressure system that is expected to impact the state.
The weather system is anticipated to move northward offshore of Florida's East Coast and could produce wind gusts up to 40mph, lightning and the potential for severe thunderstorms with heavy rain. These conditions are projected to begin Friday, May 15, and are not expected to dissipate until Sunday, May 17. The testing site closure will allow City personnel to safely breakdown tents and equipment in advance of the inclement weather and allow staff to reset the site after the conditions have passed.
The City has rescheduled the COVID-19 testing to the following days:
Wednesday, May 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 22 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 23 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Anyone wishing to reschedule or make a new testing appointment may do so by calling the City's COVID-19 testing hotline at (321) 726-2770. The call center will be available Monday, May 18, through Wednesday, May 20, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
The city apologizes for any inconvenience. Anyone seeking COVID-19 before Wednesday, May 20, may visit the testing site at Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) located at 250 Community College Parkway SE. The EFSC testing site is expected to reopen on Monday, May 18, and provides free, drive-thru testing with no appointment necessary.