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DOH Sarasota Closes Main Immunizations Clinic As A Precaution After COVID-19 Exposure

By G. Steve Huard, Public Information Officer

June 26, 2020

“COVID-19 is widely circulating throughout the community” 

Sarasota – DOH Sarasota has temporarily closed its main immunizations clinic located at 2200 Ringling Blvd. Sarasota. This closure is being done out of an abundance of caution after a positive exposure to COVID-19 was identified in the clinic.

Several staff members have been asked to self-isolate, and the clinic facility will undergo a deep cleaning this weekend. Additionally, DOH Sarasota is in the process of contacting clients that may have been exposed so they know to watch for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19.

“COVID-19 is widely circulating throughout the community," said Chuck Henry, Administrator, DOH Sarasota, “Closing the immunization clinic will limit the possibility of further spread in the clinic.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 include, fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

The immunizations clinic in our North Port location is not affected by this exposure and is continuing to operate.

The Ringling Immunizations clinic will reopen for services by appointment on July 10th.

The Florida Department of Health continues to see new positive cases statewide. Please visit COVID-19 webpage for the most current case count and county specific data.

The Florida Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory June 20 in response to COVID-19, providing additional 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.