UTC testing state testing site transitioning to a parking lot location on Cattlemen Road

Benderson Development cited concerns over the upcoming holiday shopping season.

UTC testing state testing site transitioning to a parking lot location on Cattlemen Road
Long lines have formed at the testing site at the UTC Mall (Source: WWSB)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) -The state COVID-19 testing site that was closed nearly two weeks ago at University Town Center will be re-opening at a Sarasota parking lot beginning tomorrow.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management confirmed with ABC7 the location closed initially because of the mall property management decided not to extend the agreement for the state to continue using the space.

The emergency management team says they immediately found a new location at a parking lot on 100 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota to continue making free COVID-19 testing accessible in the area.

The site will still be able to conduct up to 1,000 tests per day. It will remain a drive-thru testing site and members of the Florida National Guard will be on site to help.

Benderson Development issued a statement to ABC7, “Benderson Development gladly donated use of UTC for more than five months.  We believe the new location at 100 Cattlemen Road is an excellent alternative moving forward to help avoid any operational impacts to the testing site that may have occurred during the upcoming holiday shopping season.”

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