The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 232,718 positive COVID-19 cases and 4,009 deaths of Florida residents related to the virus Thursday. It’s an increase of 8,948 new cases involving Florida residents and 48 additional deaths.
Florida is now implementing even stricter guidelines to make sure that the vulnerable population stays safe - that includes continuing a visitation ban. Meanwhile, the Florida AARP is pushing for the state to loosen those restrictions saying that the impact of isolation is taking a huge toll.
Hundreds of children, 17 years and younger, are now testing positive for coronavirus. There are now a total of 11, 515 kids in Florida infected. Here on the Suncoast, there are 332 in Manatee County and 103 in Sarasota County.
Just a week ago, bars were told they could not sell alcohol on their properties, but now, the Florida Department of Businesses changed that amendment saying those that serve alcohol and food can re-open just in time for July 4th weekend.
The City of Sarasota, the City of Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key are requiring masks to be worn inside and outside - with the hope that less people will roam around, shop or even dine in the area. Plus, Long Boat Key has closed its beach parking lots.
Starting Thursday, July 2, 2020, inpatient visitation at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center will allow only one visitor per patient, per day, age 18 or older to visit patients on the Nursing Inpatient Units from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Florida’s ban on serving alcohol to people in bars will be reevaluated daily, the state’s top business regulator said in a series of tweets over the weekend that also offered apologies for the crackdown.
Venice Regional Bayfront Health has also joined Sarasota Memorial in not allowing any visitors. While all other hospitals on the Suncoast are limiting it to one visitor per patient. However, all facilities say this will not impact elective surgeries. All procedures will continue being scheduled.
The Florida Department of Health has reported a jump of nearly 9,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. The DOH is reporting 122,960 cases and 3,366 deaths. Over 1.7 million tests have been administered statewide.
The Florida Board of Governors unanimously approved the University of South Florida’s reopening plan for the fall 2020 semester, a significant step forward in the process of bringing students, faculty and staff back to campuses.
The two latest COVID-19 deaths in the state prison system involved inmates at the South Florida Reception Center, according to information released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Health. The state Department of Corrections in recent days said two inmates had died but did not identify the pr
Researchers found people with Type A blood are at a 45% higher risk of contracting the virus and getting really sick from it. While people with Type O blood have a lower risk. However, this new information does not take away from the fact that both of these patients can spread the virus to others.
After debate over whether to make face masks mandatory in public, the Manatee County Commission released a statement endorsing recommendations from the Florida Surgeon General that state all individuals in Florida SHOULD wear face coverings in any setting where social distancing is not possible.
The owner of the Knight’s Pub in Orlando contended Wednesday that the bar is being used as a “scapegoat” after the state suspended its alcoholic beverage license for violating coronavirus reopening guidelines.