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Daily Flash Report


The Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center is at a Level 2 (Partial) and has issued a flash report.

To view the flash report click here. A pdf. version is attached to this e-mail. Images on the flash report link can be enlarged by clicking on them.  

April 21, 2020

Foundations, Donors Grant Over $1.8 Million for COVID-19 Relief

Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation have awarded over $880,000 in grants from their joint COVID-19 Response Initiative, providing relief to nonprofit organizations leading the region’s COVID-19 assistance efforts. Click here to donate.

COVID-19 / Season of Sharing.


At the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, we are fortunate to be part of a caring, generous, and resilient community. The health and safety of our partners, staff, neighbors and community is always our top priority. Click here to donate.


COVID-19 Testing


Residents  who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and health care workers wanting to be testing can call (941) 861-2883 to be evaluated and scheduled for an appointment.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 1st and 2nd, 8:00 a.m. to noon - Heron Creek Middle School, at 6501 W. Price Blvd, North Port. Please call to schedule an appointment at 941-861-2883.

A state-run, walk-up COVID 19 testing site opened at the R.L. Taylor Community Center for anyone regardless of symptoms. The site operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week and the site is expected to remain open for two weeks.


State COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site to Open for Sarasota and Manatee Counties

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A drive-thru, community-based COVID-19 testing site will open at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the Mall at University Town Center. 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. This site will support testing for residents in the area, including Sarasota County and Manatee County residents.

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

Testing will take place 7 days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:     The Mall at University Town Center

                   Parking Lot East of Dillard’s

                   140 University Town Center Dr

                   Sarasota, FL 34243

WHAT:        COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site

WHEN:       Sunday, May 3, 2020


For more information regarding FDEM’s COVID-19 response, please click here


If you know of anyone who is facing eviction, or need legal advise please contact Linda Harradine at Manasota Legal Aid, 941-366-0038 or


Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020


An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.


With all that is going on with the Coronavirus, we still must prepare for the busy Storm Season that is upon us. 

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