Although the state announced plans to close COVID-19 testing sites ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias, locations in the region will continue to operate.
UPDATE: COVID-19 testing sites in the Sarasota-Manatee area will remain open this week, the Florida Division of Emergency Management announced today.
The department previously announced plans to close all state-supported testing sites ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias, but reversed course in response to updated projections, keeping locations open in a total of 11 counties.
Previously: All state-supported COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up testing sites closed at 5 p.m. Thursday as a temporary measure in response to Tropical Storm Isaias, the Florida Division of Emergency Management announced Wednesday.
The state said the sites are closing out of an abundance of caution because of the presence of structures and equipment not designed to withstand tropical storm-force winds of 39 mph or higher. The sites are expected to resume operations by Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the latest.
Affected state-supported testing sites include the drive-thru site at University Town Center and the walk-up site at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota.
The state said testing remains available through county health departments. In a release, the state asked the public to call ahead for local health department testing.