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:
- Former Sarasota Kennel Club, 5400 Old Bradenton Rd., Sarasota (open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Robert L. Taylor Community Complex parking lot, 1845 34th St., Sarasota (open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Ave., North Port (open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Ed Smith Stadium parking lot, 2700 12th St., Sarasota (open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)