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Department of Health reports 66 new COVID-19 deaths

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 4,115 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 66 new deaths following Tuesday’s update.

Sarasota County parents sue school district over face mask mandate

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

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

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

A Bradenton facility is being penalized by OSHA for various violations

Sarasota County school board votes to continue the mask policy

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COVID-19 cases rise in both Suncoast school districts

New surgical robot arrives at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota this week

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

SMH Celebrates Oncology Tower Construction Milestone

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

  Biden campaign finds 3rd virus link; Harris suspends travel

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

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

West Central Florida county health departments: Get flu vaccinations now

Lakewood Ranch NeuroSpa TMS Therapy Center will provide treatment for depression

FWC makes changes to stone crab season

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

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.

Florida DOH confirms 3,204 new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health added 3,204 new COVID-19 cases in its Friday report. The overall positivity rate remained under 5%.

Sarasota and Manatee County Schools release latest COVID-19 numbers

Sarasota and Manatee County Schools have posted the latest COVID-19 numbers on the respective dashboards for each district.

Sarasota PD investigating shooting, 1 person shot

Sarasota police are investigating after one person was shot Thursday afternoon.

DOH reports 3,255 new cases of coronavirus

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 3,255 new COVID-19 cases and 147 new deaths following Wednesday’s update.

DOH reports 2,355 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 2,355 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 671,201.

UTC Mall COVID-19 testing site closes

The Sarasota County Department of Health confirms that the COVID-19 testing site at the UTC Mall has closed.

Sarasota County CARES Act set to open applications this week for coronavirus relief

The Sarasota County CARES Act - which provides coronavirus relief grants to the community – is expected to begin this week. Sarasota County officials tell us that’s why they’ve worked hard these last few months to identify the need in our community to make sure this money is given to those who need

Florida’s COVID-19 totals report 3,116 new cases

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 668,846 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 34 new statewide coronavirus related deaths in Tuesday’s update.

Sarasota County School Board votes in favor of extending face mask policy

Sarasota County school board members will decide whether or not to extend the district’s current face mask policy for staff and students Tuesday.

FDOH reports more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases statewide

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 663.994 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and eight new statewide coronavirus related deaths in Sunday’s update.

  Increased boating during COVID-19 pandemic is harming marine life on the Suncoast

Social distancing and being outdoors has been a priority for most, and there’s no better place to do that than on the water. However, Mote Marine Laboratory says 50 percent of the calls they’ve gotten in the last six months have been injured or killed marine life caused by human interactions.

FDOH reports 3,731 new cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 3,731 new cases of COVID-19 in Florida.

Florida DOH announces 654,731 COVID-19 cases

As of Thursday, the Florida Department of Health is reporting 654,731 total COVID-19 cases in the state.

Venice Theatre announces re-opening date

Venice Theatre announced that they will re-open for the 2020-2021 season beginning Sept. 26.

  Suncoast Hospitals open for visitors once again with COVID-19 protocols

Patients will now be allowed one visitor – during limited hours - to prevent having too many people inside the buildings at once. Everyone entering facilities will be screened with temperature checks and must be wearing a mask.

More than 800 FSU students test positive for coronavirus

Florida State University reported Tuesday that more than 800 students have tested positive for coronavirus.

Sarasota County Schools roll out COVID-19 Dashboard and three Coronavirus testing sites for district

The Sarasota County School District will be offering free COVID-19 rapid testing by appointments at the Department of Health in Downtown Sarasota, at the School Board Materials Management Department in Osprey, and at the Sarasota County Schools Bus Depot in North Port.

  Venice City Council Members discuss extending face mask ordinance

The City of Venice may be extending their current face mask ordinance.

Sarasota County Schools announces three COVID-19 testing sites for students and staff on Wednesday

The Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH Sarasota) and Sarasota County Schools have announced that on Wednesday there will be three COVID-19 testing sites for students in staff in the county.

9/11 ceremony canceled in Venice due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The City of Venice has announced that their 9/11 ceremony is canceled due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarasota County schools to launch COVID-19 dashboard Tuesday

Sarasota County Schools will be launching its COVID-19 dashboard for families Tuesday afternoon.

Changes to nursing home restriction changes have many relieved

Florida is beginning to loosen up restrictions for nursing home visitors. If a facility has no COVID-19 cases for 14 days straight then family and friends can visit loved ones inside their facility.

Florida DOH reports 1,838 new COVID-19 cases

As residents and tourists celebrate Labor Day, the Florida Department of Health is reporting 1,838 new cases of COVID-19. The total confirmed number of cases in Florida is now 648,269.

Farren Dakin, owner of Dakin Dairy Farms in Manatee County, passes away from COVID-19

Manatee County dairy farmer, Farren Dakin has passed away from COVID-19 at the age of 65.