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COVID-19 agriculture updates: June 23rd

Hello DeSoto and Sarasota County producers!

If you, your family, or your employees need or want to be tested for COVID-19, there are free testing sites available in both counties. The tests are free and you do not have to have any symptoms to access a test.

I know that most of you have few to no employees on site right now, but this is a very handy guide for making a plan to keep your labor force healthy and working before your next planting season begins: ASH-COVID-19_0

Here is testing site info for DeSoto and Sarasota Counties:

In DeSoto County:

COVID-19 TESTING

June 24, 25 & 26

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Turner Center Parking Lot

2250 NE Roan Street, Arcadia

No prescription or appointment needed.

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. For more information, visit http://desotobocc.com/covid-19-information-and-resources or call the DeSoto Health Department at 863-491-7580.

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: University Town Center, 299 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL 34234
    • Days of operation: Mon. – Sun. Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Individuals over the age of 18 can be tested regardless of symptoms

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