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DOH-Sarasota to host mid county testing

DOH SARASOTA SCHEDULES COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING IN MID AND SOUTH COUNTY JULY 29 & 30

Post Date:07/25/2020 2:45 PM

DOH Sarasota has scheduled two by appointment only COVID-19 testing events in Mid and South Sarasota County July 29 and 30.

DOH Sarasota will have 100 COVID-19 tests available per day, appointments are required as demand for testing is high.

DOH Sarasota is prioritizing COVID-19 testing for anyone who is currently experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell) or who works in a health care setting.

To be evaluated and to make an appointment, please call (941) 861-2883, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29, 8 a.m. to noon - Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue South on the island of Venice.

Thursday, July 30, 8 a.m. to noon - Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 West Price Blvd, North Port.

While these are primarily drive-thru sites, DOH Sarasota can accommodate walk-ups, and people on bicycles.

To date, DOH Sarasota has tested more than 4000 community members for COVID-19 during our community-based testing events.

The Florida Department of Health continues to see new positive cases across the State, please visit www.flhealth.gov/covid-19 for the most current case count and county specific data.

The Florida Department of Health issued an additional Public Health Advisory June 20 in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus. Please click here to see the full advisory and recommendations.

DOH Sarasota recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The Florida Department of Health reminds everyone that the elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care: You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

The following state-run COVID-19 testing sites have been established for anyone regardless of symptoms, with no appointment necessary. 

  • Robert L. Taylor Community Center Walk-up testing site, located at 1845 34th St. Sarasota, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, or until capacity is reached.
  • The Mall at University Town Center Drive-thru testing site, located at 299 University Town Center Drive Sarasota, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, or until capacity is reached.
  • Publix at Port Charlotte Crossing, located at 4265 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,or until capacity is reached.
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