Testing, Hospitals & Private Care Physicians

HOSPITALS, PRIVATE CARE PHYSICIANS, & URGENT CARE

Hospitals, private care physicians, and urgent care centers have policies and procedures in place for this type of event. The local hospitals have prepared for an influx of patients if needed. If a doctor suspects a case of COVID-19, they know to immediately notify their infection control program and the health department. Please do not show up to the Health Department locations in Monroe County. 

You must first see your medical health professional where he or she will determine if you meet the criteria to be tested. The health department will then be contacted by the health professional if the patient meets the criteria for testing at the state lab.

Upper Keys: Mariner’s Hospital

Phone: (305) 434-3000

Middle Keys: Fishermen’s Hospital 

Phone: (305) 743-5533

For Mariner’s and Fishermen’s Hospital: It is advised that you stay home and see a doctor remotely. If you are experiencing mild flu-like symptoms and could be exposed to Covid-19, use Baptist Health Care On Demand app to see the doctor. The app “Baptist Health Care on Demand” is available for download on the app store and Google play. Use the code CARE19 and wait for the doctor to talk to the doctor.

Lower Keys Medical Center

Phone: (305) 294-5531 

Lower Keys Medical Center: Recommends staying at home. See your physician who can advise your next step. If your doctor tells you to go to the emergency department, please call ahead. If you are having trouble breathing or another medical emergency, go to the nearest emergency room.  

All emergency rooms are open 24/7. 

TESTING

Testing is available at the discretion of a doctor, healthcare provider, or urgent care center. 

CHI Testing

Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) is testing for Coronavirus COVID-19 in Monroe County.

CHI Marathon Health Center 2805 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050 every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Must be a resident of Monroe County and meet testing criteria. Call first 305-216-2107 or email KeysCovid19@chisouthfl.org

In addition, CHI is now offering telehealth visits for primary care, pediatrics, behavioral health for adults and children, OB/GYN and dental to improve the continuity of care. Most insurances cover telehealth and CHI offers a sliding fee scale based on income for the uninsured.  Call to make your appointment at (305) 252-4820. 

Fake COVID-19 Test Kits

Fake COVID-19 test kits containing toxic substances are being shipped globally. Fake test kits were labeled “CoronaVirus 2019nconv (COVID-19)” and “Virus1 Test Kit.” Sheriff Rick Ramsay urges all residents to NOT BUY test kits online or through anyone or organization other than your direct healthcare professional.

CDC New Guidelines for testing for coronavirus 3-16-20

INTERFACILITY TRANSFERS

  • Monroe County Fire Rescue will transport life-threatening situations to the mainland regardless of COVID-19. As with any communicable disease, Monroe County Fire Rescue has the policies and procedures in place to protect themselves and sterilize to protect future patients.