Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Update for week of January 11


The Department of Health in Manatee County is offering vaccinations to seniors age 65 and older by appointment only, as supply is available. Manatee County will be implementing a new COVID-19 vaccine standby process that will allow seniors to pre-register online at or by calling 311 to receive their first dose as vaccines become available.

Manatee County Department of Health has received doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and we'll be calling randomly selected names from our vaccine standby pool today (Jan. 12) to book appointments for Thursday (Jan. 14).

Please do not call 311 to ask if you've been selected. Instead look for a call from (941) 742-4300 and a friendly 311 caller will book an appointment for you. If you do not receive a call, there is no need to register again. Your name will remain in the pool with the opportunity to be selected when more vaccines are received.

Once you receive your first vaccine dose, a Manatee County representative will contact you approximately one week prior to your second vaccine dose to set up an appointment date and time. View more vaccination information.


The regional testing site at Cattlemen Road has relocated to 5400 Bradenton Road, Sarasota. See more COVID-19 testing information.

Other Updates

Free adult and child Mask Up Manatee masks will be available beginning Nov. 30 at all Manatee County Public Library locations while supplies last. (Update: Some locations have run out of children's masks. Call ahead to verify availability.) View library locations and hours.

The COVID-19 Relief & Omnibus Spending Package signed into law on Dec. 27 extends the deadline for counties to disburse CARES funding allocated through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) until December 31, 2021. Pending applications will continue to be reviewed. The extension does not include additional flexibility for CARES dollars, or additional aid. In coming weeks, Manatee County Commissioners will consider the County's course of action for reviewing and distributing any unspent CARES dollars in our community. View our Recovery Resources page for local resources that also offer assistance including food distribution, clothing and personal hygiene, childcare and education, housing payments and other financial/legal aid and more.

On Sept. 25, Gov. DeSantis announced Florida will enter Phase 3 of reopening, effective immediately. View Executive Order 20-244. On Sept. 29, Manatee County Commissioners repealed a mandatory face covering resolution, replacing it with a position by unanimous proclamation that anyone in Manatee County should continue to wear masks if they're unable to socially distance indoors.

View Manatee County's plan for phased re-opening of public facilities and spaces. The public is encouraged to continue to conduct transactions with the County online or over the phone whenever possible. Call 3-1-1 for more information.

Manatee County government assists the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County on public health-related matters.

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Who do I contact?

The CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker asks you a series of questions to help you make decisions about your situation if you think you might have Coronavirus.

Visit our COVID-19 Testing Information page to find out who to contact if you think you need to be tested.

Manatee Health Line

If you believe you've been exposed to COVID-19, contact the Manatee Health Line before seeking treatment or traveling to any physician's office, emergency department, hospital or urgent care center

Phone: (941) 242-6649

Coronavirus Questions

Florida Department of Health
24/7 State Hotline: (866) 779-6121

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Manatee County COVID-19 Data Dashboard

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