The City of Cape Coral is pleased to announce that in partnership with Curative, a new no cost COVID-19 testing walk-up kiosk will begin operating on Monday, January 4 at 1020 Cultural Park Blvd. (the parking lot across the street from City Hall). Patients will be able to schedule appointments starting Saturday, January 2.
“Curative is proud to be a crucial resource for the Cape Coral community during this pandemic,” said Fred Turner, CEO and co-founder of Curative.
“Curative’s goal is to make testing more accessible with our easy walk-up kiosk. Our unique, self-collected oral fluid swab COVID-19 PCR test offers a painless, simple option with quick 24-48 hour results upon receipt at our labs and no cost to patients.”
Curative offers oral-fluid swab testing—an alternative method to nasopharyngeal or brain swabs in testing for COVID-19. The observed and directed self-collected oral fluid swab involves having the person cough first, which releases virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract. The virus is then caught in the saliva, the patient then swabs the inside of their cheeks and the roofs of their mouths.
Once complete, the patient seals their test within a secure container and returns it to a medical professional to be administered in the lab. The entire Curative test is done without having to come into close contact with others, therefore eliminating the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) changes. The sample collection process can be viewed here.
“Curative is currently contracted to provide service at the Century Link Field testing site and has proven to be an efficient and reliable community partner. We are grateful to be able to work with them to offer additional testing opportunities for the community,” said Cape Coral Fire Chief Ryan W. Lamb.
“It will take time before the vaccine is widely available and testing remains an important means of controlling the spread of the virus.”
Testing will be available by walk-up or appointment at 1020 Cultural Park Blvd., the parking lot across the street from City Hall. Appointments can be scheduled at curative.com. Information can also be found on the City’s COVID-19 webpage, capecoral.net/covid-19 and the Fire Department webpage, capecoralfire.com.