May 8, 2020
9:20 a.m.

More community-based testing scheduled for N. Sarasota May 12

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County will host another round of COVID-19 testing for North Sarasota residents from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 12 , at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St.

The testing event is by-appointment only for individuals currently experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell) or who work in a health care setting.

While it is a designated drive-thru testing site, DOH Sarasota will accommodate those who arrive on foot or bicycle. 

To be evaluated and scheduled for an appointment or for more information, call 941-861-2883 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Callers will be screened using current CDC testing criteria. Appointments are limited, however, more testing opportunities may be scheduled in the future.

A state-run drive-thru testing site is also open daily at the Mall at University Town Center. Testing will be available for anyone over the age of 18 regardless of symptoms and will take place seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until daily testing capacity is reached.

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All Faiths Food Bank
Meals On Wheels
Senior Friendship Centers
United Way
Call: 2-1-1 or Text zip code to 893211

Resources for small business owners and employees impacted by COVID-19:

Project Resurrection Survey (Sarasota Chamber of Commerce)

Sarasota County Health Department:
941-861-2883 (Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Florida Department of Health
1-866-779-6121 (24 hours/7 days a week)

Boat ramps, fishing piers, dog parks and outdoor spaces remain open to the public. Proper social distancing, as directed by the CDC, must be followed with no gatherings of 10 people or more.

Payne Park Tennis Center is scheduled to reopen Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m. with limited hours.

The Sarasota Police Department is providing public safety services around the clock and will respond to emergency calls as usual. For other non-emergency calls, Chief DiPino has instituted a temporary Telephone Reporting Unit that will be operated by a sworn officer daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Lido Beach, Bird Key Park parking lot, parks facilities and amenities, including playgrounds and basketball courts, are closed.

All shows at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are canceled through June 15. Staff are working diligently to reschedule shows. Visit for updates.

All City of Sarasota buildings are closed to the public. Most operations and services are continuing with staff working remotely and a limited number of employees on-site.

To conduct business with the City, please send inquiries via email . Contacts and email addresses are available on www.SarasotaFL.Gov . Or call: 941-263-6000 .

City buildings are closed to the public. Please request services online at www.SarasotaFL.Gov or via the following phone numbers:
Building Permits

City Commission Office

City Manager Office

Code Compliance

Development Services

Economic Development
Parking Division

Parks & Recreation

Sarasota Police - Front Desk

Solid Waste/Garbage Collection

Van Wezel - Box Office

Water Billing
941-263-6260; 941-263-6261
For questions regarding Sarasota County services including SCAT, please contact the Sarasota County Contact Center: 941-861-5000.