DOH Sarasota to host COVID-19 drive-thru testing in South Sarasota County next week



City of Venice



DOH Sarasota is scheduled to host a by-appointment COVID-19 drive-thru testing opportunity at Heron Creek Middle School in North Port Wednesday, July 1.


DOH Sarasota is prioritizing COVID-19 testing for anyone who is currently experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) or who works in a health care setting, however, additional slots are available for those without current symptoms seeking a test.


DOH Sarasota will have 100 COVID-19 tests available for this one-day, four-hour testing opportunity, appointments are required as demand for testing is high.


To date, DOH Sarasota has tested more than 3,100 community members for COVID-19 during our community-based testing events.


To be evaluated and to make an appointment, please call 941-861-2883, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


While these are primarily drive-thru sites, DOH Sarasota can accommodate walk-ups, and people on bicycles.


The site will be available Wednesday, July 1, 8 a.m. to noon at Heron Creek Middle, 6501 W. Price Blvd., North Port.


The Florida Department of Health continues to see new positive cases across the state, please visit for the most current case count and county specific data.


The Florida Department of Health issued an additional Public Health Advisory June 20 in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus.


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


The Florida Department of Health reminds everyone that the elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.


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.


The Florida Department of Health is issuing 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates every day to keep residents and visitors safe and aware.