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City of Sarasota extends emergency order for another week

The city’s temporary street closure program allows additional space for outdoor dining

FDOH update shows decrease in COVID positivity rate

Publix suspends the administering of J&J vaccine

FDOH update shows slight increase in COVID positivity rate

FDOH update shows rise in COVID positivity rate

Reminder: Vaccine registration system to cease operation today

Vaccines move quickly at Bradenton’s Turning Points pop-up site

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FDOH update shows slight decrease in COVID positivity rate

Sarasota Department of Health looking to expand vaccines for businesses

FDOH update shows slight decrease in COVID positivity rate

Publix moves all Florida Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine scheduling to Fridays

As Sarasota County shifts from its current vaccine appointment registration system, here’s what to expect

Vaccine side effects possible but worth it, expert says

FDOH update shows slight increase in COVID positivity rate

he Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the state positivity rate continuing to fluctuate, rising to 6.95% on Wednesday

Beginning Friday, walk-up appointments will be available at Sarasota Square Mall

During the Sarasota County Commission meeting, Charles “Chuck” Henry of the Department of Health Sarasota, announced that walk-up appointments with NO reservation required will begin at the Sarasota Square Mall.

FDOH update shows no new deaths reported in Manatee, 2 deaths in Sarasota

he Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the state positivity rate continuing to fluctuate, dropping to 6.89% on Tuesday

City of Sarasota commissioners vote to start process of reinstating mask mandate

The City of Sarasota commissioners has voted to start the process of reinstating a mask mandate.

FDOH update shows no new deaths reported in Sarasota, 1 death in Manatee

All adults in Florida eligible for COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday

  Appointment notifications sent out for expanded COVID-19 vaccine pool

Suncoast Vaccine Tracker: Growing list of pharmacies offering the COVID-19 vaccine

4 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Sarasota County, no new deaths in Manatee County

Fully vaccinated can travel again within U.S., says new CDC guidance

SCAT driver tests positive for COVID-19

The FDOH and Sarasota County Area Transit confirm that a driver has tested positive for COVID-19 .

  Manatee County diverted 11K vaccines to the state

The Manatee County Department of Health has decided to redirect 11,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

FDOH update shows no new deaths reported in Sarasota, Manatee counties

The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the state positivity rate continuing to fluctuate, dropping back to 6.41% Thursday’s update.

FDOH update sees COVID-19 positivity rise to 6.67%

The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the state positivity rate up a bit Wednesday

SCAM ALERT: Health department warns of vaccination scams

The Department of Health and Sarasota County are aware of a vaccination scam that is circulating around the state

Manatee County leaders prepare for holiday beach crowds

In preparation for the busy beach holidays of Easter Sunday and Memorial Day weekend, the Manatee County Public Safety Director Jacob Sauer and other local law enforcement agencies held a press conference Tuesday.

Publix cancels Wednesday scheduling opportunity for COVID-19 vaccines, no appointments Easter weekend

Publix Pharmacy will not have appointments during Easter weekend, so the chain will cancel its Wednesday scheduling opportunity in Florida.

FDOH update sees COVID-19 positivity drop to 6.26%

The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the state positivity rate is down to 6.26% Tuesday,

  Vaccine eligibility continues to expand across Florida

Next Monday, April 5, the eligibility will move down yet again to allow anyone 16 and older in Florida to get the vaccine

Hundreds of University of Florida students to take part in landmark COVID-19 study

The University of Florida is going to attempt to vaccinate more than 1,000 students as part of a landmark COVID-19 study to find out whether young people who have received a vaccine can still spread the virus.

FDOH update shows spike in COVID-19 positivity rate, 2 new deaths in the Suncoast

The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the state positivity rate back up at 7.58%

Sarasota releases updates on vaccine distribution following state’s latest requirements

The Department of Health in Sarasota announced that on Friday, individuals who are 40 and older and who are already registered in the system will begin to receive their account numbers in the Everbridge system.

Florida to expand COVID-19 vaccine age to 40+ starting Monday

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the state’s vaccine requirement would lower to 40 beginning Monday, March 25 with a goal for vaccines to be available for all adults beginning Apr. 5.

Drive-thru second-dose clinic set at Van Wezel this weekend

This clinic is for people who received their first dose Feb. 27-28 at the Van Wezel.

State rescinds nursing home visitation orders

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has swept away four emergency orders dealing with visitors to nursing homes, just days before the Legislature is poised to pass a bill that would help shield the facilities from lawsuits associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

DeSantis: Florida manages to get another 42K J&J one-dose vaccines

Speaking outside of the Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Johnson & Johnson had sent another 42,000 vaccines, after the governor said last week that supplies were a bit stagnant.

Individuals 50 and up to begin getting vaccinated in Manatee County Tuesday

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility officially opened to people 50 years old and up Monday.

FDOH updates dashboard Monday after state hits 2 million cases

COVID-19 positivity rates are back down below 6%. The Department of Health is reporting a 5.95% positivity rate statewide Tuesday. Manatee and Sarasota are reporting positivity rates of 7.85 % and 4.88% respectively.

50+ eligible to be vaccinated across Florida, but it may take longer in the Suncoast

Starting Monday, individuals who are now 50 and older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine across the state of Florida.

Florida tops 2 million cases of COVID-19

- A little more than a year after the novel coronavirus showed up in the state, Florida has topped 2 million cases of COVID-19.

DeSantis rips idea of ‘COVID-19′ passports

Gov. Ron DeSantis has emphatically resisted placing restrictions on businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarasota County vaccine clinics open Saturday, vaccines for people over 50 start Monday

he Department of Health-Sarasota is operating a first-dose clinic at Sarasota Square Mall Friday, March 19, for those who already received appointment notices.

Florida COVID positivity rate drops to 5.02%

COVID-19 positivity rates in Florida fell again Friday, according to the Florida Department of Health

Manatee County to open up vaccine registration to 18 and older

Manatee County announced Monday that they will expand pre-registration for its vaccine standby pool to those 18 and over.

City of Sarasota extends health emergency measures through March 26

The City’s temporary street closure program allows additional space for outdoor dining to help restaurants and retailers

Starting Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis will lower vaccine age to 50

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - During a press conference Friday in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he will lower the vaccination age requirement to 50.That means starting Monday, anyone age 50 and older will be allowed to sign up via the state website, your local county’s site or at a pharma

Manatee County opens vaccine pool to 55 and older

Nearly all patients ages 65 and older who registered for the standby pool have now been vaccinated, officials say.

Florida COVID positivity rate continues downward trend

COVID-19 positivity rates continues to slide. The Department of Health is reporting a 5.56% positivity rate statewide Wednesday.

Second-dose COVID clinic active now at Sarasota Square Mall

This clinic is by appointment only.

DeSantis: Johnson & Johnson shipment delayed, other vaccine supply ‘stagnant’

During a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed that Florida’s vaccine supply was slowed and even used the word “stagnant.”

FDOH reports 5.57% statewide, case total count climbs toward 2 million

COVID-19 positivity rates dipped back down to 5.57% on Wednesday. Manatee and Sarasota are reporting positivity rates of 8.74% and 4.21% respectively.

  Mask mandate fails after being brought back on the table for discussion in the City of Sarasota

City of Sarasota commissioners are discussing the possibility of bringing back the city-wide mask ordinance weeks after eliminating the mandate.

Sarasota County provides update on enhanced registration system

Sarasota County has launched its enhanced registration system at noon for individuals 18 and older that would like to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Immunocompromised vaccine recipients attend North Port pop-up clinic

Cars lined up at Suncoast Technical College in North Port to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Sarasota, Manatee health departments working to launch new vaccine registration system to handle younger residents

The new registration link will go live on Monday afternoon.

Are you a medically vulnerable individual getting vaccinated in Manatee County? Here’s what you need to know

Manatee County officials are releasing more details on its plans to open up vaccinations as the number of eligible individuals expands.

Pop-up vaccine clinic scheduled at Suncoast Technical College North Port campus

Appointment notifications were to go out Friday afternoon.

FDOH reports decreased positivity rate Friday

COVID-19 positivity rates show a slight dip on Friday’s update

FDOH reports decreased positivity rate Thursday

COVID-19 positivity rates show a slight dip on Thursday’s update. The Department of Health is reporting a 5% positivity rate statewide. Manatee and Sarasota are reporting rates of 4.37% and 2.89% respectively.

Governor anticipates vaccine age range could be lowered to 55+ very soon

During a press conference Thursday, Gov, DeSantis said he anticipated that the age requirement for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine could be lowered to 55+ as soon as next week.

  More vaccines coming to Walgreens, including Manatee and Sarasota

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that more vaccines will be coming to Walgreens pharmacies across the state.

Florida COVID-19 positivity rate dips slightly in Wednesday report

The Department of Health is reporting a 5.21% positivity rate statewide.

Some hopeful after CDC releases new guidance for fully vaccinated people

The CDC’s guidance this week is being described as the light at the end of the tunnel by some on the Suncoast.

DeSantis says more vaccines coming to CVS pharmacies in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that CVS Health will administer COVID-19 vaccines at 76 additional CVS Pharmacy locations across Florida.

Florida COVID-19 cases increase slightly; positivity rate steady

The Department of Health is reporting a 5.87% positivity rate statewide.

Starting next Monday, DeSantis will lower vaccine age requirement to 60

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that beginning next Monday, the vaccine age requirement will be lowered to 60+.

Florida COVID-19 cases climb toward the 2 million mark, positivity rate remains low

The latest COVID-19 positivity rates climbed slightly in Monday’s report. The Department of Health is reporting a 5.95% positivity rate statewide. Manatee and Sarasota are reporting rates of 7.21% and 5.12% respectively.

Pot potency bill to be debated Tuesday

ill would place a 10 percent THC cap on smokable marijuana.

  5,000 get vaccinated at first-dose clinic in Venice

A state-operated pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic took place Sunday at the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Fairgrounds, administering 5,000 first dose vaccinations.

New state-run vaccine site to open Monday at Manatee Public Safety Center

New state-run vaccine site to open Monday at Manatee Public Safety Center

City of Sarasota extends emergency measures through March 12

The city’s temporary street closure program allows additional space for outdoor dining

Manatee County booking 9,600 vaccination appointments for next week

Manatee County announced that they will be contacting 4,500 seniors today to schedule next week’s COVID-19 vaccination appointments. More appointments will be scheduled in the coming days.

Publix will also offer vaccines to school employees regardless of age

Following an announcement by CVS, Publix Pharmacy also announced that they will be offering vaccines to all educators no matter their age group.

CVS offering virus vaccine to Florida teachers under 50

The CVS Pharmacy chain is vaccinating Florida teachers under age 50, circumventing state orders that continue to limit coronavirus inoculations to those over that age.

  Sarasota County tourism and health officials look ahead to spring break

Rolling waves and white sand are just two reasons why the Suncoast is a top vacation destination. Including beaches like Siesta Beach are hot spots for spring breakers, but this year it might look a little different.

FDOH reports COVID-19 positivity rate holding steady Wednesday

The Department of Health is reporting a 6.82% positivity rate statewide. Manatee and Sarasota are reporting rates of 5.72% and 5.11% respectively.

Gov. DeSantis orders flags to half-staff in honor of COVID-19 victims today

Gov. Ron DeSantis will order flags to half-staff Wednesday in honor of Floridians who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manatee to administer 50,000th vaccination Wednesday

2,550 seniors are scheduled to receive their first shots at Bradenton’s Tom Bennett Park