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New COVID-19 testing site opening in Cape Coral in the new year

Curative announced they will be adding a walk-up COVID-19 testing kiosk in Cape Coral.

The kiosk will begin operation on Monday, January 4, 2021 and will be located at 1020 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL across from City Hall.

The public will be able to begin making appointments on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Fred Turner is CEO and co-founder of Curative. “Curative is proud to be a crucial resource for the Cape Coral community during this pandemic,” said Turner.

“Curative’s goal is to make testing more accessible with our easy walk-up kiosk. Our unique, self-collected oral fluid swab COVID-19 PCR test offers a painless, simple option with quick 24-48 hour results upon receipt at our labs and no cost to patients,” Turner said.

They will be offering oral-fluid swab testing which is an alternative method to nasopharyngeal or brain swabs in testing for COVID-19. The self-collected oral fluid swab involves having the person cough first, which releases virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract. The virus is then caught in the saliva, the patient then swabs the inside of their cheeks and the roofs of their mouths.

Once complete, the patient seals their test in a secure container and returns it to a medical professional.

 Officials say the entire process limits your contact with others making it safe and secure. 

Cape Coral’s Fire Chief Ryan W. Lamb has seen what CenturyLink’s testing site has done in Fort Myers and hopes that this site will do the same for Cape Coral.

“Curative is currently contracted to provide service at the Century Link Field testing site and has proven to be an efficient and reliable community partner. We are grateful to be able to work with them to offer additional testing opportunities for the community,” Lamb said.

“It will take time before the vaccine is widely available and testing remains an important means of controlling the spread of the virus,” said Lamb.

Appointments are encouraged. You can make on by following this link. But, walk-ups will be welcomed as well.

COVID-19 testing is free to the public and once open, will be available Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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