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DOH Sarasota Set To Host Community Based COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing In North Port, Venice And Englewood Next Week

By G. Steve Huard, Public Information Officer

May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing 

Sarasota – DOH Sarasota is scheduled to host three by appointment only COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites throughout Sarasota County next week. 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 date, DOH Sarasota has tested more than 1850 community members for COVID-19 during our community-based testing events.

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.

North Port: Wednesday, May 20, 8 a.m. to noon – Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 West Price Blvd, North Port.

Venice: Thursday, May 21, 8 a.m. to noon – Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue South on the island of Venice.

Englewood: Friday, May 22, 8 a.m. to Noon – Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 South River Road, Englewood.

All patients must have an appointment to be tested, please call (941) 861-2883 to be evaluated and scheduled for an appointment.

The Florida Department of Health continues to see new positive cases across the State, please visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ for the most current case count and county specific data.

The CDC 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.