Sarasota Dept. of Health to open 3 appointment-only COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites

Sarasota County

FILE – In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York’s Long Island. Wide scale testing is a critical part of tracking and containing infectious diseases. But the U.S. effort has been plagued by a series of missteps, including accuracy problems with the test kits the CDC sent to other labs and bureaucratic hurdles that slowed the entrance of large, private sector labs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Sarasota Department of Health has announced it will be hosting three appointment-only COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites throughout the county next week.

The testing will be for anyone who is currently experiencing symptoms, such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath, or who works in a healthcare setting.

Below are the locations of the three testing sites:

  • North Sarasota
    • Tuesday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to noon
    • R L Taylor Community Center, located at 1845 34th Street, Sarasota, Florida
  • Mid-County
    • Thursday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon
    • Laurel Civic Association, located at 509 Collins Road, Laurel, Florida
  • South County
    • Friday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Heron Creek Middle School, located at 6501 W. Price Blvd, North Port, Florida

To make an appointment, please call 941-861-2883. Appointments are limited. however, more testing opportunities may be scheduled in the future.


  • Florida is reporting 85,926 cases and 3,061 deaths
  • Florida in Phase Two of reopening
  • Cases have spiked in past week, Gov. DeSantis says due to increased testing


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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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