Sarasota and Manatee COVID-19 State Testing Sites, Now Offering Rapid Test


Sarasota and Manatee COVID-19 State Testing Sites, Now Offering Rapid Test

Beginning, Saturday (10/24/20) Rapid testing is now be the standard procedure for the coronavirus, at all of state of Florida-run testing sites.

We have three State COVID-19 Testing Sites in Manatee & Sarasota Counties.

In Manatee County

Walk UpTesting Site

Lincoln Park

501 17thStreet East, Palmetto, FL 34221

  • Hours of Operation: 7 days a week
  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Testing Criteria: All ages, regardless of symptoms

In Sarasota County

Walk Up Testing Site

Robert L. Taylor Community Center

1845 34th St. - Sarasota, FL 34234

  • Hours of Operation: 7 days a week
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Testing Criteria: All ages, regardless of symptoms

Drive-Thru Testing Site

Cattleman Road Testing Site

100 Cattleman Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

  • Days of operation: Mon. - Sun.
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Testing Criteria: All ages, regardless of symptoms

The switch to the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid test, which provides results within 15 minutes, was among the changes announced by the Florida Department of Emergency Management to county emergency managers on Monday, October 19th, 2020

This Abbott BinaxNOW rapid test is an antigen test that detects specific proteins on the surface of the virus. While the rapid test produces results in 15 minutes, it is less sensitive in detecting the virus. This testing kit consists of nasal swab, dipped into a provided reagent, and an index card-sized testing card with a testing strip.

Since they began the state testing sites, the primary test being offered at the state-run testing sites has been a molecular test known as PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, which detect the virus’ genetic material. The PCR tests must be processed in a laboratory and results can take days.

Additionally, anyone who does test negative with the "rapid test"... but "is showing symptoms" of COVID-19 will then be given a PCR test to be sent out, according to the Florida Department of Emergency Management.

A PCR test will also be made available to anyone who requests it..

Among the other changes to testing include officials at state-run testing sites asking individuals who receive a PCR test for their health insurance card. Regardless of whether someone has or provides their insurance information, tests will still be provided for free.

In addition to moving to the rapid test, All state-run testing sites will also now provide testing for all ages. Previously, not all testing sites had tested children or some did have a minimum age requirement. That is NO longer the case, anyone can get tested regardless of age.

Questions about the State-Run COVID - testing sites, click link below for more information

https://www.floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites/?fbclid=IwAR0jiqxcUC6buG6UWA8PuSiNNyZSb9i6JMa4uZPDApAqYg9SaZEUWtVl354&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIh72OzbTF7AIVxkXVCh2trQMcEAAYASAAEgIn5_D_BwE

Sarasota and Manatee COVID-19 State Testing Sites, Now Offering Rapid Test

Sarasota and Manatee COVID-19 State Testing Sites, Now Offering Rapid Test