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FDOH reports more than 6,400 new COVID-19 cases in Monday’s update

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 6,486 new cases of COVID-19 and a 8.38% positivity rate on its Monday COVID-19 dashboard update.

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FDOH shares preliminary COVID-19 vaccination plan

How seniors can cope with loneliness over the holidays

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott has tested positive for coronavirus

Manatee County Schools quarantine over 500 people this week from COVID exposure

DeSantis announces plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital sees increase in COVID-19 patients

Watson Health names Sarasota Memorial Hospital as Top 50 U.S. Cardiovascular Hospitals list

100,000 people volunteer for Royal Caribbean test cruises

Florida Attorney General issues warning about COVID-19 texting scam

Florida Department of Health releases its Thursday COVID-19 update

58 new COVID-19 deaths reported by Florida Department of Health

Manatee Memorial becomes first hospital in the State of Florida to complete 500 Watchman FLX™ cardiac procedures

The hospital’s Watchman multidisciplinary team consists of electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and staff who are specially trained.

New COVID-19 cases spike over 6K

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 6,164. new cases of COVID-19 in Thursday’s dashboard update.

RL Taylor receives stock of rapid tests

After being unable to provide rapid COVID-19 testing Wednesday, The RL Taylor Community Complex has restocked their supply of testing kits.

Florida Department of Health releases latest COVID-19 stats

As the state prepares for the general election Tuesday, the Florida DOH has released its latest COVID-19 totals,

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FDOH reports 4,820 new cases of COVID-19

CDC lifts cruise ban

Lincoln Park COVID-19 testing site relocated to convention center

Florida DOH reports 4,198 new COVID-19 cases

Department of Health reports 66 new COVID-19 deaths

Venice mask mandate to end Oct. 31

After the switch of one single vote, the City of Venice’s mask mandate will be allowed to expire.

DOH reports 4,298 new cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting an increase of 4,298 cases of COVID-19 since Monday’s update.

Sarasota County parents sue school district over face mask mandate

Following a decision to extend the mask mandate in the Sarasota County School District, parents have filed a lawsuit against the school board.

More than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases reported by FDOH

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 760,389 cases of COVID-19 involving 750,739 residents. It’s an increase of 3,611 cases since Monday’s report.

FDOH will conduct a more thorough review of all COVID-19 fatalities reported to ensure data integrity

FDOH releases statement today, Oct. 21, 2020

Blake Medical Center recognized by Newsweek as one of Florida’s best physical rehabilitation centers

Blake Medical Center is home to the only Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Center in Manatee County and plays a vital role in the hospital’s continuum of care.

A Bradenton facility is being penalized by OSHA for various violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is penalizing the Braden River Rehabilitation Center and a company named Healthcare Services Group for violations.

Sarasota County school board votes to continue the mask policy

The Sarasota County school board moves to approve the continuation of the mask policy at schools.

COVID-19 cases rise in both Suncoast school districts

Both Sarasota and Manatee County School Districts say they are expecting even more students to be back on campus as they transition to the second quarter, so social distancing and masks will be even more enforced.

New surgical robot arrives at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota this week

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is expanding its robotic surgery capabilities, adding another surgical robot.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

SMH Celebrates Oncology Tower Construction Milestone

Sarasota Memorial’s new oncology tower has crested its highest point – 233 feet.

City of Sarasota is extending its local citywide public health emergency through Oct. 23

The City of Sarasota is extending its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through Oct. 23.

Biden campaign finds 3rd virus link; Harris suspends travel

Harris was scheduled to travel Thursday to North Carolina for events encouraging voters to cast early ballots.

Open enrollment period for Medicare begins today

Medicare has an estimated 60 million beneficiaries across the country, accounting for 18 percent of the total U.S. population. Florida ranks second only to California for the highest number of Medicare beneficiaries.

Florida DOH confirms 3,356 new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health has released its Thursday COVID-19 totals. The state is reporting 744,988 total COVID-19 cases statewide involving 735,685 Florida residents.

  Stone crab season opener on Thursday, fishermen hoping for a prosperous season amid pandemic

Stone crab season begins on Thursday and it’s slated to be an interesting season.

A Dutch woman becomes the first person to die from COVID-19 reinfection

An elderly Dutch woman has become the first known person to die from catching Covid-19 twice.

US regulators approve 1st treatment for Ebola virus

The Food and Drug Administration OK’d the drug developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for treating adults and children with the Zaire Ebola virus strain, the most deadly of six known types.

  People with Type O blood may have lower risk of COVID-19 infection, severe illness

The research gives further evidence that blood type may play a role in someone’s susceptibility to infection and just how serious their illness is.

West Central Florida county health departments: Get flu vaccinations now

Florida Health says vaccinating against the flu helps keep hospital admission rates down and one less person admitted to the hospital with the flu helps ensure that hospital workers will not fall ill

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for depression

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for patients who are depressed.

FWC makes changes to stone crab season

New rules for stone crab season

Florida Department of Health confirms 2,883 new COVID-19 cases

Wednesday’s COVID-19 Dashboard update showed an increase of 2,883 cases in the state.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa hosts blood drive for OneBlood

All donors will receive a free Halloween t-shirt and a wellness checkup to include blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse, and cholesterol screening. Additionally, a free COVID-19 antibody test is available for all successful donors.

West Nile Virus Case in Charlotte County; Suncoast Health Departments advise residents what to do next

Health Officials of Charlotte County issue mosquito-borne illnesses advisory

University of Florida football team experiences increase in positive COVID tests

Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon.

DeSantis: Florida distributing rapid tests to vulnerable senior communities

Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted Tuesday that the state is continuing to distribute the new 15-minute rapid test to vulnerable communities of senior citizens.

FDOH releases latest COVID-19 numbers

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 736,024 total positive cases of COVID-19.

FDOH reports 728,921 cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 728,921cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in March. Of those confirmed cases, 720,001 involved Florida residents.

Florida DOH reports 3,306 new cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 3,306 new cases of COVID-19 in the state bringing the total to 726,013 cases involving 717,148 residents.

Commissioner Nikki Fried proclaims ‘Malnutrition Awareness Week' in Florida

Commissioner Nikki Fried Proclaims Malnutrition Awareness Week in Florida

COVID ends Braden River’s volleyball season after player tests positive

According to Coach Matthew McElhiney, Braden River’s volleyball season has come to an end because a Braden River volleyball player came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID.

Same treatments President Trump received while fighting COVID are being used in Sarasota

Remdesivir and the Regeneron Cocktail are being used at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Florida DOH reports 722,707 positive COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health is reporting that the state has recorded 722,707 positive cases of COVID-19 involving 713,902 residents.

Bar license suspensions lifted after summer crackdown

Drinks can flow at establishments where alcohol licenses were pulled this summer when the state cracked down on violations of coronavirus rules.

FSU President, First Lady test positive for COVID-19

Florida State University President John Thrasher and First Lady Jean Thrasher have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement the university released.

Florida Department of Health reports 1,415 new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 717,874 total cases of the novel coronavirus since March.

Sarasota Memorial COVID-19 patient returns home after 3 months in hospital

Sheila Moore, a COVID-19 patient from Sarasota who has spent 3 months at Sarasota Memorial, is home and on the road to recovery.

Florida DOH reports 2,660 new cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting an increase of 2,660 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Since March, the state is reporting 711,804 COVID-19 cases involving 703,212 Florida residents.

President Trump cancels Central Florida rally

Following the announcement of his positive COVID-19 diagnosis, President Trump has cancelled his rally in Sanford, Fla.

Florida DOH reports 2,628 new cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 2,628 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 709,144.

DOH reports 2,073 new cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 704,568 positive COVID-19 cases since March according to its Wednesday dashboard update.

Federal and local law enforcement officials recovered from COVID-19

Lawrence Keefe who is the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Rachel Rojas who is the FBI Special Agent in Charge, and Paul Salvo who serves as the Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy shared their personal COVID-19 stories. The officials shared their stories and the inspiration for their co

Tampa International Airport adds COVID-19 testing in main terminal

At SRQ, there will continue being social distancing markers, sanitizing stations, sneeze-shields at counters and gates and everyone is required to wear a mask, but officials are not thinking about also adding COVID-19 testing here.

Florida DOH reports 3,266 new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 704, 569 total COVID-19 cases involving 696,171 Florida residents since March. It’s an increase of 3,266 cases since Monday.

  Despite removal of fines, City of Sarasota mask ordinance remains in effect

Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis stating last week that city’s could not collect fines from citations involving mask ordinances, the City of Sarasota says its ordinance is in place.

Field of Dreams becomes a reality for Venice Challenger Baseball

What’s been a dream for almost a decade, has finally come true for a baseball league in Venice. Plus, it’s not just any group of players, but the Venice Challenger which was created for children with special needs. Their complex off of Gulf Coast Boulevard and U.S. 41 is now completed – just waiting

SUNCOAST STRONG: Sarasota salon gives out free haircuts to hundreds in the service industry

Derek Donovan’s salon has handed out 300 free haircuts.

Sarasota Students 4 Climate hope to still spark change amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The organization is calling on Sarasota County Commissioners to take steps toward establishing an energy system that is powered by clean and renewable energy. This year, as part of their initiative, they've created an email campaign instead with a petition.

  Florida moves to Phase 3, lifts restrictions on restaurants

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he would move Florida into Phase 3 of re-opening, lifting restrictions on all rest.

2,847 new COVID-19 cases reported by the DOH

The Florida Department of Health is reporting an increase of 2,847 cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Florida DOH reports 2,618 new COVID-19 cases

The COVID-19 positivity rate fell back below 5% as the state reported 693,040 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

FDOH reports 2,622 new COVID-19 cases in Wednesday’s update

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 2,622 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the statewide total to 690,499.

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

A state run COVID-19 testing site will open tomorrow at a parking lot on 100 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota.

Venice votes to extend face mask ordinance

The Venice City Council has announced that they will extend the current requirement for face coverings in the City through Oct. 31. The ordinance passed 4-3, with Mayor Feinsod and Council Members Cautero, Moore and Fiedler in agreement.

CDC changes guidance - again - on who should get tested for COVID-19

This time, its scientists have reverted back to their last stance where anyone who has symptoms or has been in contact with an infected person should get tested for COVID-19.

Manatee County School District rolls out survey for feedback on COVID-19 protocols ahead of second quarter

This is a questionnaire for parents to give school officials an idea of how this new learning experience has been so far, and what they hope will be the guidelines for the upcoming second quarter.