Manatee County receives 3,000 more COVID-19 vaccines

Manatee County 311 callers will begin randomly selecting names within Manatee County’s Vaccination Standby Pool to book vaccination appointments.

DOH Dashboard update shows significant drop in positivity rate in the Suncoast

DeSantis: Booster shots necessary for both Pfizer, Moderna vaccines

School districts on the Suncoast continuing emergency paid COVID leave for employees, to a degree

Sarasota County provides update on COVID-19 vaccine totals

  Manatee County prepares to vaccinate more seniors on Thursday

Sarasota Memorial Hospital distributes 3,000 COVID-19 vaccines during weekend event

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Sarasota County Government provides update on vaccine distribution

  Suncoast teachers association express discontent for Governor’s decision on priority for vaccine

  The COVID-19 vaccine being made available for veterans by VA

  More doses of COVID vaccine arrive to Suncoast, many frustrated with appointment system

  Bennett Park new home for COVID-19 vaccination site in Manatee County

First babies of 2021 are born in Manatee County and Sarasota County

Florida Department of Health confirms Florida has evidence of first identified case of UK COVID-19 variant

Florida Department of Health confirms first case of COVID-19 variant in the state

Florida COVID-19 positivity rate goes back down to 8.72%

After an extremely high spike on Monday, the state COVID-19 positivity rate is back down to 8,72%.

DeSantis extends State of Emergency for COVID-19

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he will extend the state of emergency in Florida for another 60 days.

State-run testing sites closed on Jan. 1

All state-run COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on the New Year’s Day and will reopen Jan 2.

  ABC7’s Linda Carson gets vaccinated, on first day for seniors along the Suncoast

Free COVID-19 Antibody Test at Bobby Jones Golf Club

Venice Regional added to the list of hospitals administering COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine scheduled to roll out for the elderly in Manatee County today

Florida Department of Health releases its Monday COVID-19 dashboard update

COVID-19 hospitalizations spike over 6,000

FDOH reports 17,042 new cases in Florida on Saturday’s COVID-19 dashboard

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 12,853 new cases of COVID-19 and a 7.84% positivity rate on its Thursday COVID-19 dashboard update.

FDOH reports more than 11,000 new COVID-19 cases in Florida on its Wednesday dashboard

The positivity rate in Florida & Manatee county declined slightly in the past 24 hours. Sarasota County’ positivity rate nearly doubled in the last 24 hours. FDOH records 2 less deaths in Sarasota County, meaning 2 deaths were taken away.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota begins COVID-19 Vaccines

Caregivers who treated first hospitalized COVID-19 patient in Florida get vaccines first.

FDOH reports 74 new deaths on its Tuesday COVID-19 dashboard

Since March, there have been 1,223,015 cases statewide and 20,754 deaths.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital receives Moderna vaccine

The hospital received the shipment of the vaccine on Dec. 22 and will administer the vaccine to staff first.

FDOH reports more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in Florida

The Florida Department of Health is reporting over 10,772 new cases of COVID-19 on its Monday COVID-19 dashboard update.

Robert L. Taylor hits capacity for COVID testing, closed on Christmas

COVID testing site to be closed for the holidays.

FDOH reports more than 13,000 new cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 13,019 new cases of COVID-19 and a 8.75% positivity rate on its Friday COVID-19 dashboard update.

  Suncoast researcher and USF Dean shares his thoughts on COVID-19 vaccine

Scientists have began researching, testing, approving, and safely manufacturing and distributing the vaccine in trials. Dr. Jay Wolfson of USF shares his opinion on the vaccine.

Doctors warn parents to beware button batteries

Because the batteries are as small as a coin and often found in toys, children may be prone to putting them in their mouth. If swallowed, the batteries can be a big danger.

Convalescent plasma needed and donations can be done as long as antibodies still present

SunCoast Blood Centers volunteer coordinator, Joan Leonard, says with the rise in COVID cases the need for the treatment has also grown.

Blake Medical Center provides first Monoclonal Antibody Therapy treatment for COVID-19

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Authorized Use (EUA) of Bamlanivimab for the treatment of COVID-19 patients experiencing mild to moderate symptoms who are high risk to develop severe COVID-19. Ronald Bush, 58, is the first person to receive the treatment in Bradenton.

DeSantis outlines vaccine plan at White House Summit

Participating in a White House vaccine summit on Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined what appeared to be the state’s final COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

Walmart and Sam’s Club to sell at home COVID test collection kits

Test collection kits can provide results within 24 to 48 hours after the test collection kit is received at the lab.

Poinsettia Parade cancelled in North Port due to COVID-19 pandemic

The City of North Port has announced that the annual Poinsettia Parade has been canceled.

FDOH reports new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday’s dashboard

The Florida Department of Health is reporting a 7.1% positivity rate on its Monday COVID-19 dashboard update.

Florida Department of Health reports 8,085 new COVID-19 cases in Florida

The Florida Department of Health is reporting a 7.47% positivity rate.

How to safely celebrate Thanksgiving this year

With Covid-19 cases on the rise, the CDC said the safest way people can celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with the people they live with or virtually.

FDOH shares preliminary COVID-19 vaccination plan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided a COVID-19 vaccination plan template to assist with the development of a jurisdiction’s COVID-19 distribution. The Florida Department of Health has made the state’s plan available to the public.

How seniors can cope with loneliness over the holidays

Although the holidays are a time to gather with loved ones, because of the pandemic many seniors are staying isolated.

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

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said Friday he had tested positive for COVID-19.

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

This week Manatee County School District has had to quarantine over 500 people after being directly exposed to Covid-19.

DeSantis announces plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that a plan for the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine was coming soon.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital sees increase in COVID-19 patients

Sarasota Memorial Hospital officials say they have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past few weeks.

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

Watson Health says more than 7,000 lives could be saved and more than 5,000 heart patients could be complication free if all hospitals performed at the level of Sarasota Memorial.

100,000 people volunteer for Royal Caribbean test cruises

Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley announced on Tuesday that 100,000 people have volunteered to test out COVID-19 protocols before the cruise line restarts its operations.

Florida Attorney General issues warning about COVID-19 texting scam

Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning state taxpayers of a new COVID-19 related text scam that misleads recipients into giving out their banking information in exchange for a $1,200 stimulus check.

Florida Department of Health releases its Thursday COVID-19 update

The Florida Department of Health has released its latest COVID-19 numbers Thursday following multiple sites shutting down during Tropical Storm Eta.

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

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 3,876 total new cases since yesterday.

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,

  How to cope with ‘Election Stress Disorder’

Many are being bombarded with elections ads, texts, and calls can be left feeling so overwhelmed. Health experts on the Suncoast say there are different ways to cope with election stress disorder.

FDOH reports 4,820 new cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 4,820 new cases of COVID-19.

CDC lifts cruise ban

The CDC will take a phased approach to resuming cruise ship passenger operations in U.S. waters.

Lincoln Park COVID-19 testing site relocated to convention center

Florida Emergency Management officials announced that they will be relocating the COVID-19 test center from Lincoln Park in Palmetto to the Bradenton Area Convention Center starting Friday.

Florida DOH reports 4,198 new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health is reporting an increase of 4,198 COVID-19 cases in its Thursday morning dashboard update.

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.

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.