April 15, 2020
5:15 p.m.
Testing site to open in N. Sarasota April 17
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County announced today it will offer COVID-19 testing for North Sarasota residents by appointment only on Friday, April 17 .

Anyone experiencing symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, or individuals who work in a health care setting are eligible for testing.

Call 941-861-2883 to schedule an appointment. Callers will be screened based on current CDC testing criteria.

While the number of appointments is limited, the Health Department may schedule more in the future. All patients must have an appointment to be tested.

Thank you to the Department of Health in Sarasota County and Director Chuck Henry for being responsive to the needs of our community for COVID-19 testing during this public health emergency.
Heat map showing positive cases in Sarasota County through April 15 at 11 a.m.:
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:

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)

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.

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.


Boat ramps, Bird Key Park parking lot, parks facilities and amenities, including playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts, are closed.

All shows at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall are canceled through May 3. Staff are working diligently to reschedule shows. Visit www.VanWezel.org 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.

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