COVID-19 drive-through testing site to open in Bradenton


BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Health Manatee County will open a drive-through COVID-19 collection site for patients with a prescription at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

The site will be open from Thursday through Sunday.

Patients at the collection site must have a prescription to be tested for COVID-19 and have made an appointment in advance with the Manatee Health Department. The screening is free.

To make an appointment, call 941-748-0747.

In addition to the appointment, patients will need proof of Manatee County residency and a photo ID that matches the name on the prescription.


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Those missing the documentation will be told to leave and must call again to re-book.

A total of 200 tests can be administered at the convention center site, 50 a day.

Officials confirmed Thursday is completely booked and that other appointments are going quickly.

As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, 40 spots remain open on Friday, 43 on Saturday and 49 on Sunday.

There is a four day turnaround on the test.

Anyone in Manatee County who believes they may have COVID-19 should call the Manatee Health Line at 941-242-6649 before calling 911 or visiting a hospital emergency room.


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