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COVID-19 UPDATES

​Below you will find helpful links to learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and your family. If you have any specific questions, feel free to call our office at 941-924-9900 or you can call the Sarasota County COVID-19 Call Center Help Line at 941-861-2883

Important information regarding insurances, laboratories, and COVID-19:
Testing Sites:
  • Sarasota Locations
    • Drive Thru UTC Mall Testing:
      • Located at 299 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL 34234
      • Days of operation: Mon. - Sun.
      • Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m
      • Testing Criteria: Will only accept kids over the age of 18 years old
    • Walk Up Testing at Robert L. Taylor Community Center:
      • Located at 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
  • Manatee Locations​
    • Walk Up Testing: Home Depot
      • 2350 Cortez Road Bradenton, FL 34207​
      • Hours of operation: 7 days a week, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
      • Testing Criteria: All ages, regardless of symptoms​​
    • Walk Up Testing: Lincoln Park​​
      • 501 17th Street E. Palmetto, FL 34221​
      • Hours of operation: 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      • Testing Criteria: Ages 18 and older, regardless of symptoms
Click here to see testing sites for additional FL counties
Humana and Humana Medicaid Insurance
  • Humana now offers LabCorp At-Home COVID-19 test collection
    • For patients who are symptomatic and exposed to the virus, this test is available through LabCorp's Pixel online platform (https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/covid-19)
    • This test kit is physician authorized and allows patients to self-collect nasal swab specimens with step by step instructions.
  • Humana is also collaborating with Walmart Neighborhood Market pharmacies and Quest Diagnostics to offer drive-thru testing
  • Humana and Humana Medicaid is still waiving member costs related to COVID-19 tests
Laboratories
  • Currently we are able to send out lab tests for COVID-19 to Quest, LabCorp, Bioreference, and Diatherix.
  • Your insurance plan will depend on where the tests get sent. Some labs will not accept certain insurances.
  • Due to high demand and an increase of testing, many lab companies are experiencing some delay with results. Most companies should report results in 2-5 day, but it could take longer.
  • Paradise Pediatrics is also able to send to a lab company called Diatherix. This company will get results in 24 hours from the date of testing (it can possibly be up to 48 hours due to high demand and volume).
    • The Diatherix company is free for all medicaid plans
    • However there may be a $50 fee for service for those with private or self pay insurance. The company is still discussing this and the $50 fee may be waived in the future. Please be advised that there may be a charge for this rapid testing.

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