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New COVID testing site now open in Venice

No appointments are necessary for the drive-through site.

VENICE, Fla. — People in Sarasota County have a new location to consider for COVID-19 testing and, hopefully, shorter lines.

The county health department announced what was set to be a walk-up testing site now is a drive-through site, and it's open as of Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the south parking lot of the Venice Community Center, located at 326 Nokomis Ave. S. 

Testing will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No appointments are required, and anyone can get tested regardless of symptoms, the department said.

PCR tests will be available.

"Florida Department of Health guidance remains – the vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19," it continues. "The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be vital to ending the pandemic, including combating the recent case increases nationally and globally."

Here are other testing options in Sarasota County to consider: