With the fall vegetable growing season starting and agricultural professionals returning to prepare fields and plant as the pandemic continues, many agribusinesses are seeking COVID-19 testing for employers and employees. Currently, Martin County offers testing in Indiantown and Stuart each week. Cleveland Clinic also offers testing in Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach. Additionally, testing will be conducted at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds October 20-22 and November 17-19 for agricultural workers.
Please reach out to your local UF/IFAS Extension office, if you need any additional resources, such as COVID-19 safety training, pesticide/fertilizer CEU classes, pest or disease diagnostics, agribusiness management assistance, etc. Your local Extension office is the front door to all of the resources at the University of Florida, and we tailor our programs to the needs expressed by our local stakeholders, so please don’t hesitate to call, email, or visit your local office.
Martin County Testing
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health offers testing in Stuart, Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach. Hours, locations, and testing criteria are provided on the Martin County Coronavirus website. At this time, they are prioritizing testing for people with symptoms.
Florida Community Health Centers (FCHC) offers testing in Indiantown on Mondays from 8 AM til 1 PM. Hours may change and appointments are requested, so please call first at 772-597-3596. FCHC also offers testing in Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee, Clewiston, and Port St. Lucie. Visit the FCHC website for updates.
St. Lucie County Testing for Agribusinesses
UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County, FDACS, and the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center, are offering free COVID-19 testing for agriculture, landscape, and nursery workers October 20-22 and again in November. Hours are 8 AM til 8 PM. Testing will be available for walk-up and drive-through at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds, 15601 Midway Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34945. No appointment is needed.