City Launches In-Home COVID-19 Testing Service for Homebound Seniors
Published on March 23, 2020
This week, the City of Miami, through its Department of Fire-Rescue community paramedicine program, is launching a COVID-19 home testing service for senior citizens who reside within the boundaries of the City of Miami and are unable to drive or otherwise arrange transportation. Homebound local seniors ages 65 and above who are experiencing sypmtoms associated with COVID-19 or who believe they may have been exposed to the virus should call the City's testing call center at 305-960-5050 to determine if they qualify for a no-out-of-pocket cost, in-home test.
"Our seniors are at especially high risk in terms of the COVID-19 cornonavirus, so we're prioritizing them in our emergency response efforts," said Miami City Manager Arthur Noriega V. "We're optimistic that we will be able to help more of our senior residents by serving them where they live, and I applaud our Department of Fire-Rescue for building this program so quickly and under difficult circumstances."
The new service aims to assist Miami's sizeable population of seniors, who are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Trained call takers will interview homebound seniors and, depending on their feedback, will schedule Miami Fire-Rescue EMS personell to make a home visit to administer the COVID-19 test. Test kits will then be sent away to a lab for analysis, with results provided to the requestor within two to four days. The new home visit program will initially operate between 9:00am and 7:00pm daily.