WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

AdventHealth Centra Care Doubles Its Rapid Coronavirus Testing Capacity Ahead of Flu Season

Photo: Mufid Majnun

Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

The flu and coronavirus have the same symptoms. Testing is the only way to distinguish between the two in patients.

Medical Director Dr. Tim Hendrix says patients will be able to make an appointment online and get tested for coronavirus the same day.

“The company says that it’s 96 percent accurate if done within that first five days of symptoms. So the period of time when you have the highest amount of virus that you’re shedding.”

Hendrix says if patients get a negative result but still have symptoms of COVID-19, it’s recommended they get the PCR coronavirus test to confirm the diagnosis.

He says they’ve already diagnosed about 18,000 people with coronavirus in the area since mid-March using these tests. 

“So, where there were limitations of course previous with the number of patients we could see, we’ve doubled that capacity throughout the system and you should be able to get in the same day with a reservation for COVID testing.”

Hendrix says unless there is a surge in cases, or demand for the rapid tests from nursing homes, there shouldn’t be long lines like before.

He said most results are available in 15 to 20 minutes. 

If you’d like to listen to this story, click on the clips above.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida COVID-19 news, updates on special programs and more. Support our extended coverage.

GET THE LATEST

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter

Danielle Prieur is a general reporter for 90.7 News. She studied journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and interned at 101.9 WDET. She is originally from the metro Detroit area.

TOP