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By G. Steve Huard, Public Information Officer

August 09, 2021


Sarasota – The Florida Department of Health-Sarasota (DOH), Sarasota County, the City of North Port and the City of Sarasota have partnered with Sarasota-based Lab Services to increase the availability of COVID-19 testing in the community.

Beginning Monday, Aug.9, Lab Services will be operating walk-up testing sites at Dallas White Park in North Port, and at the Robert L. Taylor Community Center in Sarasota. Testing will be offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at both locations:

  • Robert L. Taylor Community Complex parking lot, 1845 34th Street, Sarasota.
  • Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Ave, North Port.

Testing is free, PCR and Rapid Antigen tests will be available.

Lab Services is a locally owned medical laboratory with high volume COVID-19 testing capabilities that has partnered with the DOH throughout this pandemic. They are offering these services to our community at no cost to local government or the individual testing.

No appointments will be required, and anyone can be tested regardless of their symptoms.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and continue to be vital to ending the pandemic, including combating the recent case increases nationally and globally.

Vaccine benefits include:

  • Significantly reduces the risk of contracting the virus even if you are exposed.
  • Teaching your body how to fight the virus.
  • Reducing the risk of severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death if you contract the virus.
  • Minimizing the ability for the virus to spread, especially to our most vulnerable populations.
  • Fighting against emerging variants that can cause worse symptoms and spread.

DOH Sarasota offer COVID-19 vaccinations at our downtown and N. Port locations on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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.