Coronavirus Testing Procedure

The process for getting tested for the virus

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Talk to your healthcare provider about any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Use the CDC’s self-checker to help make decisions and seek appropriate medical care regarding COVID-19.

Who qualifies for health department testing?

The Department of Health is conducting testing for adults and children of all ages. Rapid antigen tests with results in as soon as 15-minutes is available. A PCR test will be conducted for symptomatic individuals who test negative with the antigen test. Testing is also available at commercial laboratories, and clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested, again per CDC guidance.

Florida Department of Health in Brevard (DOH-Brevard) is offering free COVID-19 testing.

Call 321-454-7141 for an appointment.

Due to the upcoming holidays, no testing will be conducted on December 24, 25 , 31 and January 1.

Call, do not visit

It is IMPORTANT to call ahead before visiting the Florida Department of Health or your health care provider. Offices must take proper steps to avoid further spread of COVID-19 when a concerned patient arrives for a medical appointment.

Antibody Testing

An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies. The CDC does not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.

For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the region, visit and sign up for the Alert Brevard system. Additionally, you can follow Brevard County Emergency Management on social media on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Brevard Health Alliance Testing

Brevard Health Alliance (BHA) is utilizing their mobile van to offer testing to various locations in underserved communities. To view BHA Mobile Monthly schedule, please visit

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For information about the COVID-19 in Brevard and resources available to people who are impacted, call 2-1-1 between 8am and 6pm.

Or text your ZIP code to 898211 between 9am and midnight.