COVID-19 Testing Information

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Testing is currently available at two MCR Health locations in Manatee County.

A state drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is now open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Mall at University Town Center. (NOTE: The site tests a maximum of 750 people per day.) This site was created through a partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida National Guard and Sarasota and Manatee counties. 

The Health Department is also hosting free drive-through collection by appointment only on May 29.

Do you have symptoms?

View a complete list of symptoms from the CDC.

If you think you've been exposed to COVID-19 and have a mild fever and symptoms such as a cough, call MCR Health: (941) 776-4000.

If you're experiencing any of the following emergency signs of COVID-19, call 911:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face 

State COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site

A drive-thru, community-based COVID-19 testing site is now open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. -  5 p.m. at the Mall at University Town Center. Please note: The site tests a maximum of 750 people per day and may close earlier than 5 p.m. if that number is reached.

The test used will be a nasal swab, once samples are collected they will be sent to a commercial lab for testing and results will be provided as soon as they are available.

Important Information

  • Testing will be available for individuals over the age of 18 regardless of symptoms.
  • The test site is drive-thru only. Individuals being tested will not be permitted to exit their vehicle.
  • Please limit passengers in the vehicle to those who are being tested, and no more than 5 people.
  • A prescription is not required and individuals do not need to be Sarasota or Manatee county residents to be tested. 

This site was created through a partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida National Guard and Sarasota and Manatee counties. 

Where

The Mall at University Town Center
Parking Lot East of Dillard’s
140 University Town Center Dr
Sarasota, FL 34243

MCR Health collection kit availability

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, drive through testing hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at two MCR Health locations:

Patient fees for the testing and any associated costs will be determined at the time of the visit.

The Manatee County locations are:

  • East Manatee Health and Wellness Center
    1312 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton
    (941) 708-8700
  • Southeast Family Healthcare Center
    919 53rd Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34203
    (941) 751-8100

Free drive-through collection (Department of Health)

The Department of Health is hosting a drive-through specimen collection opportunity to test for COVID-19 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center on May 29.

A prescription for testing is not required. If you do not have a prescription, you will be screened for signs and symptoms when you call to make an appointment and then scheduled for a specimen collection at the drive-through.

You must make an appointment in advance with Manatee County Health Department. To make an appointment, call (941) 748-0747.

Specimens collected at the site will be sent to labs for testing. During the three-day event 240 specimen collection kits will be used, and the Department of Health will schedule up to 80 appointments on each of the three days.

In addition, everyone who arrives at the drive-through must:

  • Be in a vehicle; no walk-up patients will be seen
  • Remain in their vehicle at all times
  • Present a photo ID with name that matches the name on the appointment
  • Produce proof of Manatee County residency (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.).