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DOH adds second day of testing in South Sarasota County after slots fill up

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Posted at 5:35 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 08:04:51-04

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — The Department of Health in Sarasota is adding a second day of testing to South Sarasota County this week after the slots for the first day filled up.

The testing days will be on Wednesday and Thursday, July 1 and 2, but all of Wednesday's slots are already full. Thursday's testing will take place from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Heron Creek Middle School 6501 W. Price Boulevard, North Port.

UPDATE — As of Wednesday morning, all Thursday slots were full.

The drive-thru testing is by appointment only and DOH-Sarasota says those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are being prioritized. Those include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

Those who work in healthcare are also being prioritized but officials say there are additional slots for those without symptoms.

There will be 100 tests available on Thursday. To be evaluated and to make an appointment, please call 941-861-2883, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Though the testing is primarily drive-thru, DOH says it can accommodate walk-ups and people on bicycles.

The following state-run COVID-19 testing sites have been established for anyone regardless of symptoms:

  • Robert L. Taylor Community Center Walk-up testing site, located at 1845 34th St. Sarasota, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, or until capacity is reached.
  • The Mall at University Town Center Drive-thru testing site, located at 299 University Town Center Drive Sarasota, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, or until capacity is reached.
  • Publix at Port Charlotte Crossing, located at 4265 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached.