50 patients seen during Department of Health's first day of COVID-19 collections at Bradenton Area Convention Center

50 patients seen during Department of Health's first day of COVID-19 collections at Bradenton Area Convention Center
Posted on 03/26/2020

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 26, 2020) – Department of Health staff today collected specimens from 50 potential COVID-19 patients during the first day of collections at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Vacancies remain for patients with prescriptions to book appointments over the remaining days of collections.

Manatee County patients who may have COVID-19 should call the Manatee Health Line at (941) 242-6649 to speak with an operator about symptoms, travel history and other criteria to determine whether a COVID-19 test is recommended. If testing is recommended, patients are directed to contact their health care provider to get a prescription and then to call DOH Manatee at (941) 748-0747 to book an appointment for the drive-thru testing site. Patients who have booked an appointment should bring the doctor's prescription, a photo ID with name that matches that on the prescription and proof of Manatee County residency (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.).

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  • Property tax is normally due by March 31 in the year following the year the taxes are assessed. The Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR) extended the final due date for citizens and businesses to pay property taxes in all Florida Counties from March 31 to April 15, 2020. Payments that are remitted by April 15, 2020, for the 2019 tax year will be considered paid on-time. Additional information can be found in the DOR Emergency Order 20-52-DOR-001 (Property Tax Oversight).
  • Manatee County strongly encourages those with medical conditions and those over the age of 65 take extra precautions to prevent infection of COVID-19 by staying at home and limiting social gatherings to 10 people or less. Manatee County residents should work remotely as recommended by Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-83 and follow the CDC and DOH guidelines for frequent hand washing.
  • Anyone traveling to Florida from areas of substantial spread, to include New York, New Jersey and Connecticut should isolate or quarantine for 14 days from the time they were in those areas, as per Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-82.

For local updates on the coronavirus, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov or www.mymanatee.org/coronavirus

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.