Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

March 28 Update

People over the age of 65 and anyone with high-risk conditions should remain in their residence and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Do not participate in social or recreational gatherings of more than 10 people.

Recovery resources for businesses and employees are now available at 

Drive-through testing update: Manatee County Health Department will host a drive-through specimen collection site by appointment only for patients with a prescription at the Bradenton Area Convention Center from Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29.

County- and city-owned boat ramps closed temporarily beginning Thursday, March 26 at 6 a.m.

The County's public beaches are closed. Beach access is restricted at Beer Can (Greer) Island. Rose Park is closed. Vehicles can no longer access the sandy beach area at Emerson Point, but the preserve remains open to the public.  

All Manatee County Government public buildings are closed to the public for walk-in services. See list of all closures and cancellations.

County staff will continue to work and County services will continue to operate. The public is encouraged to conduct transactions with the County online or over the phone whenever possible. Call 3-1-1 for more information

Manatee County government assists the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County on public health-related matters.

Manatee County Commissioners have declared a local state of emergency and Manatee County Government is monitoring coronavirus closely.

On March 17, the Governor of Florida issued an Executive Order for the next 30 days that closes bars, pubs and nightclubs in the state. On March 20, a new Executive Order was issued allowing restaurants to offer drive-in and delivery only. The Governor also lifted the ban on alcohol delivery for restaurants under certain conditions. 

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Current Confirmed Cases

Who do I contact?

The CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker asks you a series of questions to help you make decisions about your situation if you think you might have Coronavirus.

Manatee Health Line

If you believe you've been exposed to COVID-19, contact the Manatee Health Line before seeking treatment or traveling to any physician's office, emergency department, hospital or urgent care center

Phone: (941) 242-6649

Coronavirus Questions

Florida Department of Health
24/7 State Hotline: (866) 779-6121

COVID-19 Protection Tips from

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you don’t have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Try not to touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Don’t touch or shake hands with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you’re sick, and keep your children home when they’re sick.
  • Protect yourself in gatherings and crowds (PDF)

Download PDF of Tips:

CoronavirusProtection tips

Manatee County Government Closures & Cancellations

Manatee County staff continue to serve the public and services will continue to operate despite the closure of public buildings. The public is encouraged to conduct transactions with the County online or over the phone whenever possible. Citizens can call 3-1-1 for more information.

Public Buildings

Beginning March 18, Manatee County Government public buildings will be closed to the public for walk-in services for 15 days. This includes:

As of March 18, the Manatee County Clerk of Court Historic Courthouse is still open but is not offering marriage licenses or issuing passports. Visit the Clerk's website for the latest information.

Public Meetings

As of March 18, the following meetings have been canceled or rescheduled:

  • March 23 Tourism Development Council Meeting - CANCELED
  • March 24 Port Manatee Meeting - CANCELED
  • March 26 Board of County Commissioners and Town of Longboat Key Joint Meeting - CANCELED
  • April 2 Land Use Meeting - Continued to April 16

Manatee County's Canvassing Board will still hold its scheduled public meetings on March 19 (4 p.m.), March 27 (4 p.m.) and April 1 (9 a.m.)

Other Events

 Additional events have been canceled. Check the relevant department and division webpages for the most up-to-date information.

Manatee County Government Social Media Updates

Information from the CDC