November 6, 2022

The Sarasota Journal

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Test sites opens in Englewood and Venice



ENGLEWOOD –– Testing for COVID-19 will come to Englewood for the first time this week while also continuing in North Port and Laurel.

The Sarasota County Health Department will open a drive-thru test site Friday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, Englewood for people experiencing symptoms of the virus.

Testing will take place in Venice on Thursday, May 21, 8 a.m. to noon at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue South on the island of Venice.

Appointments are necessary and while this is primarily a drive-thru site, people can also walk up or ride a bicycle to the test site.

Appointments can be made by calling 941-861-2883, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As it has for the past several weeks, the Health Department will continue to offer testing Wednesday, May 20, 8 a.m. to noon at Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 West Price Blvd, North Port.

Callers will be screened using current CDC testing criteria. Appointments are limited however more testing opportunities may be scheduled in the future.

This community based COVID-19 testing is 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.

To date, the Health Department has tested more than 1850 people for COVID-19 during these community-based testing events.

The Florida Department of Health continues to see new positive cases across the state. The most current case count and specific county data is available at

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