Sarasota County opens first of three drive-thru COVID-19 test sites

Residents in Sarasota County seeking testing for the coronavirus will have three options by the end of the week. But, they will need to make an appointment first.

On Monday, the Sarasota County Health Department opened a new drive-thru testing site at the RL Taylor Community Center, located at 1845 34th Street in Sarasota. It will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

The second will open Thursday, April 23, at the Laurel Civic Association, located at 509 Collins Road in Laurel. It will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

The third site is scheduled to open Friday, April 24, at Heron Creek Middle School, located at 6501 West Price Boulvard in North Port. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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County health officials said the tests is for anyone who is currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who works in a health care setting. 

Appointments can be made by calling the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota at 941-861-2883. Callers will be screened using the CDC's testing criteria. 

If you feel sick:

The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

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