The new site will open next week (5/4/20) to serve Manatee and Sarasota counties at The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during his Phase 1 Plan to Reopn Florida on 4/29/20.
Gov. DeSantis also said that, for this testing site, the National Guard would be deployed to the area to assist.
This larger testing site in our area,will be one of five large new drive-thru sites opening across the state of Florida, the other 4 being in Broward, Escambia, Lee and Miami-Dade counties.
During the announcement, the Governor said all of these sites, will have enough capacity to “probably do at least 750 tests a day.”.
The Govenrnor said… “We’re going to do Sarasota-Manatee, cause I think you do need more testing,” “Manatee has had a nursing home outbreak, so having this center may help. Maybe some workers will go.”
No other details about the testing site at The Mall at University Town Center were immediately available. We expect those details over the next several days.