Department of Health – Sarasota County is scheduled to host by appointment only COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites throughout Sarasota County. This community based COVID-19 testing is 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, new loss of taste or smell) or who works in a health care setting.
To make an appointment, please call 941-861-2883, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Callers will be screened using current CDC testing criteria. Appointments are limited, however more testing opportunities may be scheduled in the future.
Additionally, while these are primarily drive-thru sites, DOH Sarasota can accommodate walk-ups, and people on bicycles.
Local Testing Schedule:
Mid-County: Tuesday, June 2, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Laurel Civic Association, 509 Collins Road, Laurel
South County: Wednesday, June 3, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 W. Price Blvd., North Port
All patients must have an appointment to be tested, please call (941) 861-2883 to be evaluated and scheduled for an appointment.
Drive-Thru at University Town Center
A drive-thru, community-based COVID-19 testing site is available at the University Town Center Mall. This site was created through a partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida National Guard and Sarasota and Manatee counties. This site will support testing for residents in the area, including Sarasota County and Manatee County residents.
Testing will be available for individuals over the age of 18 regardless of symptoms. The test site is drive-thru only. Please limit passengers in the vehicle to those who are being tested, and no more than 5 people. Individuals being tested will not be permitted to exit their vehicle. A prescription is not required and individuals do not need to be Sarasota or Manatee county residents to be tested. The test used will be a nasal swab, once samples are collected they will be sent to a commercial lab for testing and results will be provided as soon as they are available. This testing site is for adults, ages 18 and older.
Testing will take place 7 days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Click here for information on what to expect at the community-based COVID-19 testing site.
Walk-Up at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex
Test will take place 7 days per week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until capacity per day is reached.
Click here for information about the type of testing available at this location.