Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

July 6 Update

The COVID testing and vaccination site at the Palmetto Bus Station is closed on Tuesday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 7 due to Tropical Storm Elsa.

Free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations available at Palmetto Bus Station

The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County (DOH-Manatee) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) have teamed up to offer a one-stop shop for COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

The COVID-19 testing and vaccination site is located at the Palmetto Bus Station, 1802 Eighth Avenue West in Palmetto. The site operates 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Testing (including both PCR and rapid testing) and vaccinations (Moderna) are free of charge. This is a walk-up operation; no appointment necessary. Visitors are asked to bring proof of Florida residency (driver’s license, utility bill with Florida address, etc.).

For more information, call (941) 242-6646.


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. The program can cover up to 12 months of assistance for rent between April 2020 and November 2021.

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. 

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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