Bay County will continue to offer free weekday COVID-19 rapid testing through May 28 but will close the site thereafter due to declining demand.
Since July 2020, county contractor Walk-On Clinic has conducted more than 77,364 rapid and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at no cost to Bay County residents, and they employed 53 local full- and part-time subcontractors to assist in testing and vaccination efforts. Testing was closed for 11 days, total, due to bad weather.
Waning demand for testing prompted the site closure.
“Over the last several weeks we’ve really seen a reduction in the number of folks who need a test,” Bay County Commission Chairman Robert Carroll said. “We are so grateful to the federal and state government for their help in making this service possible for the people of Bay County.”
Bay County is only one of a few other counties in the state with such a robust and free testing program.
“We hope that, by making tests free and readily available, we were able to help prevent some spread of the disease that may have otherwise occurred if someone didn’t know their status,” Carroll said.
After May 28, tests remain available at a number of area private providers, including CVS, Nations Best Family Heath Care, PanCare, American Family Care, Coastal Internal Medicine, Emerald Coast Urgent Care, Nu Wave Medical Center, and Access Point Healthcare.
Vaccines are also available at a number of locations throughout Bay County. To learn more, visit vaccines.gov.