Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Update for week of March 1


On March 4, Manatee County will begin contacting 4,500 seniors today to schedule next week’s COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Manatee County’s Public Safety Center for March 8-12. On Monday, another 5,100 seniors will be called for appointments at Bennett Park.

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

Manatee County is not opting into a new statewide registration system at this time. Local seniors who have enrolled with the local registration system DO NOT need to enroll in the new state system. Signing up for state’s My Vaccine system will NOT get you a vaccination appointment in Manatee County because the system is not yet in use in our county.  

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available at select CVSPublix, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie locations in Manatee County.

View more vaccination information.


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

Manatee CARES/Financial Assistance Programs

Applications are now being accepted for the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program, which provides funds to renters in Manatee County and its municipalities who are delinquent on rent and in need of rental payment assistance due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Other Updates

Free Mask Up Manatee masks are available at  Manatee County Public Library locations while supplies last. View library locations and hours.

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 On Sept. 29, Manatee County Commissioners repealed a mandatory face covering resolution, replacing it with a position by unanimous proclamation that anyone in Manatee County should continue to wear masks if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.

Receive local updates to your phone. Text ManateeReady (one word) to 888-777.

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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

Manatee County Government Social Media Updates

Manatee County COVID-19 Data Dashboard

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