Florida deputy dies from coronavirus as cases top 11,000

Florida Governor aims to clarify the “Stay-At-Home” guidelines

  Houses of worship classified as essential, many taking action to assure safety comes first

The City of Sarasota to extend public health emergency

Florida hits 10K+ cases of COVID-19

Manatee County votes to create temporary curfew

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UPDATE: Sarasota Memorial Hospital latest coronavirus cases

Inmates to face quarantines as they transfer

Golf considered an ‘Essential Recreational Activity’ during stay-at-home order

  Sarasota County Fire Rescue to wear ‘Proper Protective Equipment’ on all calls

Suncoast Humane Society makes history amid the coronavirus pandemic

How Sarasota police plan to enforce the ‘stay-at-home’ order

Disney provides guidance to annual pass holders

Disney parks have provided an update to annual passholders on how their season tickets will be affected due to mandated closures.

Florida approaches 10K cases of COVID-19

Updated numbers from the state of Florida confirm that the state has 9,585 positive cases and has suffered 163 deaths.

Florida to beef up overwhelmed unemployment system

Paper applications for jobless benefits will soon be accepted as Florida’s rapidly growing ranks of out-of-work people have overwhelmed the online unemployment-compensation system.

DeSantis fights deposition in beach closure case

Gov. Ron DeSantis is fighting an attempt to require him to appear for a deposition in a lawsuit that seeks to force statewide beach closures because of the novel coronavirus.

  ‘Stay-at-home’ order: clarifying what’s considered essential

Amid Hopes for Potential COVID-19 Drug, Other Patients Facing Shortages of Vital Hydroxychloroquine

UPDATE: Sarasota Memorial latest COVID-19 cases

Manatee County to consider curfew

April is child abuse awareness month

Dozens of FHP employees self-isolating amid virus

Tampa Bay pastor arrested for holding services announces church closure

A pastor of a Tampa Bay megachurch who was arrested for holding services during a “stay-at-home” order announced that he will close his church.

  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

Nurses at Blake Medical Center protest their working conditions

Nurses at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton are speaking out about their working conditions amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Democratic National Convention moved from July to August

The DNC is postponing the party’s presidential convention in Milwaukee.

  A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses have shut down across the world.

A North Port food pantry is seeking help amid coronavirus pandemic

The New Hope Food pantry in North Port is feeling the effects of COVID-19 and are doing what the organization can to stay ahead.

Apply here: How to spend $2.2 trillion-and rescue economy

President Donald Trump hopes to shovel $2.2 trillion into the U.S. economy over the coming weeks to try to cushion its free fall.

  Why one La. restaurant owner lets couple dine in during coronavirus shutdown

There's always a line outside MePa's Diner in Central, especially since the governor ordered all restaurants to serve take-out only.

  COVID-19 Patient’s Remarkable Recovery Prompts Florida Officials to Consider Hydroxychloroquine for Treatment

Rio Giardinieri decided that even though this drug hasn't been proven to cure the Coronavirus, he had nothing to lose by taking it at that point. He had been fighting for his life for more than a week. Within 10 hours of taking it, he felt like a new man.

  Florida now has over 7,700 confirmed coronavirus cases and has suffered over 100 COVID-19 fatalities

Florida now has over 7,700 confirmed coronavirus cases and over 100 COVID-19 related fatalities.

State looks to ‘Make the Most’ of light traffic

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants about $2.1 billion in road projects sped up across the state to lessen the economic damage from the novel coronavirus.

Suncoast Humane Society is looking for foster homes for its furry pets

In a statement released today, the organization needs to get as many animals out of the shelter as soon as possible.

SMH suffers 4th and 5th COVID-19 related deaths

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) says the fourth and fifth patients to test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the hospital have passed away.

NFL to begin season as scheduled in September

The coronavirus outbreak prompted other sports like professional baseball and soccer to postpone seasons.

Gov. DeSantis issues 30-day ‘stay at home’ mandate

During a press conference Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a 30-day “Stay at home” mandate that will begin Thursday night at midnight.

  Florida teacher 3D prints dozens of face shields for healthcare workers

A Manatee County School District teacher is doing his part to help healthcare workers amid a PPE shortage because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has 3D printed more than a hundred face shields already.

2020 Wimbledon Championships cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

The Main Board of All England Club announced today that the 2020 Wimbledon Championships are cancelled due to the public’s health concerns of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of virus

The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the event it refers to simply as The Championships is being scrapped for 2020.

Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

Census Day arrives Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

OneBlood to start collecting plasma from those who are recovering from coronavirus

OneBlood in Florida will soon begin collecting plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus so it can be transfused to people with life-threatening cases of COVID-19.

Sarasota County School District to Begin Online Classes on Wednesday, April 1

Sarasota County's Instructional Continuity for Academic Needs plan is the new way for teachers and students to connect and transition into distance learning. Lesson plans have been changed to include project-based exercises and programs that can be done throughout the day.

  Florida now has over 6,700 confirmed coronavirus cases, state has suffered 85 COVID-19 related fatalities

Florida now has 6,741 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

SMH says third patient has died who tested positive for the coronavirus at the hospital

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has announced that a third patient that tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the hospital has passed away.

Series of webinars to help small businesses amid coronavirus pandemic

The Small Business Administration South Florida District will host a series of webinars twice a day through April 3, with information regarding economic recovery.

Three FHP members test positive for coronavirus

Three members of the Florida Highway Patrol have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a spokesman confirmed to The News Service of Florida on Tuesday.

By the numbers: Coronavirus

The Florida Department of Health released updated numbers Tuesday about the coronavirus in the state.

School District of Manatee County launches online eLearning for students

The School District of Manatee County launched its new ‘Coronavirus & eLearning’ program for its 50,000 students that will allow them to effectively continue their education online.

Florida reaches over 6,000 cases of COVID-19

The state of Florida confirmed Tuesday that it had over 6,300 cases of COVID-19 as officials battle against the global pandemic.

  Suncoast kid wants to educate others about COVID-19

An 8-year-old Suncoast student wants to help spread awareness of all the ways people can stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Health officials worried changes could thwart additional funding

An additional $1.6 billion in Medicaid funding is expected to flow into Florida after Congress agreed to increase the amount of money the federal government spends on the safety-net program as the economy sours.

Florida releases updated information on its fight against COVID-19

The state of Florida provided multiple updates on the fight against the novel coronavirus.

  Florida now has over 5,700 confirmed coronavirus cases, state has suffered 71 COVID-19 related deaths

Florida now has 5,704 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

AARP seeks answers about COVID-19 infections

AARP’s Florida director has asked state officials to explain why they are keeping the names of the facilities from the public.

Spring means “Alligator Season" in Florida

Warmer weather means alligators become more active and visible.

DeSantis pushes ‘safer at home’ in South Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis is imposing a regional “safer at home” set of guidelines for Southeast Florida counties hit hard by the novel coronavirus.

Hillsborough Co. sheriff obtains arrest warrant for pastor who allegedly violated ’Safer-at-Home’ order

The Hillsborough County sheriff’s office announced that it had obtained an arrest warrant for a pastor who allegedly violated a “Safer-at-Home” order issued.

Sarasota police urge pedestrians, cyclists to follow social distancing guidelines on Ringling Causeway Bridge

Sarasota police took to social media to remind cyclists, joggers and other pedestrians to follow social distancing and recommended traffic patterns to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Florida gas prices ‘Plummet’ to below $2 a gallon

Demand for gasoline and other oil-based products has dropped in recent weeks, as the novel coronavirus keeps many people home.

USF-Sarasota-Manatee campus unveils food pantry and fund program for students amid coronavirus pandemic

The campus will open a new food pantry today, March 30, to address food insecurity among some students.

  Confirmed coronavirus case numbers in Florida rise by more than 500 overnight, state now up to 63 COVID-19 related fatalities

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida rose by more than 500 overnight.

Florida Power & Light will cut cost of power bills during coronavirus pandemic

Florida Power & Light announced Monday that it will slash May electric bills as customers grapple with the novel coronavirus.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital says second patient who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away

Sarasota Memorial Hospital says that on Sunday a second patient who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) died.

  Florida now has 4,950 confirmed cases of coronavirus, state has suffered 60 COVID-19 related deaths

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida is almost at 5,000

  Doctor sees son crawl for first time through glass door after coronavirus separates family

An Arkansas father is among the many healthcare workers separated from their families while on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Boat ramps and Bird Key parking lot closing on Sunday in response to COVID-19

The City of Sarasota has announced that the city-owned boat ramps and the Bird Key parking lot will be temporarily closing on Sunday in wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Seven prison employees test positive for COVID-19

Seven Florida Department of Corrections employees who work at separate facilities across the state have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Confirmed cases rise by over 500 overnight, Florida has now suffered 54 COVID-19 related deaths

In a single 24-hour period, between Wednesday and Thursday, the number of cases increased by more than 500, or 25 percent. Now, between Thursday’s 6pm update of 2,484 cases and Saturday's 11am update, there’s been an increase of more than 1200.

  Florida now close to 3,200 confirmed coronavirus cases, state has suffered 46 COVID-19 related deaths

In a single 24-hour period, between Wednesday and Thursday, the number of cases increased by more than 500, or 25 percent. Now, between Thursday’s 6pm update of 2,484 cases and Friday’s 7pm update, there’s been an increase of more than 700.

DeSantis puts up stop sign for Louisiana travelers

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he is adding New Orleans and other areas of Louisiana to a list of COVID-19 hotspots.

  Sarasota County firefighter tests positive for coronavirus as the number of cases in Florida makes another big jump

In a single 24-hour period, between Wednesday and Thursday, the number of cases increased by more than 500, or 25 percent. Now, between Thursday’s 6pm update of 2,484 cases and Friday’s 11am update, there’s been an increase of more than 400.

  South Florida doctor becomes first medical professional to die of coronavirus in Florida

Dr. Alex Hsu, 67, practiced internal medicine at Northwest Medical Center in Margate. He died on Wednesday from COVID-19, according to the medical examiner.

  Coronavirus drive-thru testing site opens in Manatee County

The Manatee County Health Department is taking 50 appointments each day. People being tested here need to have a prescription from a doctor, be a Manatee County resident and have an ID. They get the results back in a few days.

  Coronavirus and Pregnancy: Everything You Need to Know

As it is, pregnancy can be a very stressful time for women as their lives are continuing to change daily. Now with this pandemic, it has just added even more uncertainty.

City of Sarasota prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more, gives police power to cite violators

Starting immediately, social gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited in the city. For those who do not voluntarily comply and “flagrantly violate social gathering restrictions,” a citation will be issued by Sarasota Police. That citation would be considered a second-degree misdemeanor.

  Hillsborough County issues a “Safer-at-Home,” curfew orders

Both are designed as a safety precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 74,000 Floridians seek unemployment benefits amid coronavirus pandemic

That’s a tenfold increase from the previous week, as the spread of the novel coronavirus shut down the state’s theme parks and visitors stayed away from its hotels and airports.

Less people getting locked up in Florida during pandemic

The changes offer a concrete glimpse at how the coronavirus is reshaping huge swaths of Florida’s criminal-justice system and street-level law enforcement.