SMH says 8th patient to test positive for COVID-19 has passed away

Sarasota Memorial Hospital said in a press release on Wednesday that an eighth patient to test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) has died.

Planned water outage for Venice

COVID-19 in prisons puts inmates, families on edge

  Bernie Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

Gov. DeSantis has announced that Florida will construct 450-bed hospital in Miami Beach

Brady: It was ‘just time’ to leave Pats for new challenge

  New website, Takeout SRQ, encourages people to eat local

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Prosecutors: Florida man charged after coughing, spitting on officer

Florida hits over 15K positive COVID-19 cases

  Girl, 5, killed in shooting, sister injured after felons argue over $180, Fla. police say

  Despite upgrades on the Department of Economic Opportunity’s website, some say they are still having issues

USF Sarasota-Manatee Nursing School adapts to COVID-19

  2020 Giving Challenge scheduled for April 28-29

  Look up, Suncoast: The biggest and brightest Moon of the year peaks tonight

The Moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit or also referred to as the perigee, making it appear bigger and brighter in the sky tonight. Tonight’s supermoon peaks at 10:35 pm and is referred to as the 'Super Pink Moon', the largest supermoon of 2020.

  Miami Mayor Becomes First in Florida to Donate Plasma After Recovering from COVID-19

We are beginning to see some hope that comes from the positive cases of Coronavirus. In the United States, more than 20,000 people have recovered from the virus, and an emergency clinical trial is proving that their blood plasma can help others recover as well.

SMH says 6th and 7th patients to test positive for COVID-19 have passed away

In a press release on Tuesday afternoon, Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) said their sixth and seventh patients to test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.

  Some Suncoast restaurants launch employee assistance fund to help workers during coronavirus pandemic

Employee assistance fund helping some restaurant employees.

DeSantis touts effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine under direct physician supervision

Here’s how a local organization is helping during the COVID-19 crisis

Stores that will close Easter Sunday

  Attorney General Ashley Moody issues statement on price gouging during COVID-19 pandemic

Selah Freedom offering free virtual sex-trafficking prevention classes

Disney World honors healthcare workers on World Health Day

COVID-19 survivor plasma donations are needed

SunCoast Blood Centers, a local nonprofit blood bank, is looking for plasma from COVID-19 survivors.

Sarasota Orchestra cancels remainder of season

The Sarasota Orchestra announced that they would cancel the remainder of their 2019-2020 season out of an abundance of caution.

SeaWorld CEO resigns five months into job, cites board

SeaWorld Entertainment’s chief executive has resigned only five months into his job.

DeSantis touts changes as unemployment system under fire

Gov. Ron DeSantis focused Monday on improvements being made to the state’s overwhelmed unemployment-compensation system.

City of Sarasota discussing placing homeless at Sarasota Fairgrounds during pandemic

Sarasota Fairgrounds option for the homeless being discussed.

Florida now has 13,629 confirmed coronavirus cases, state has suffered 254 COVID-19 related deaths

As coronavirus cases continue to rapidly multiple across the United States, Florida numbers also increased.

  Block party happens in Bradenton over the weekend under Manatee County’s temporary curfew

A temporary 7-day curfew remains in place for Manatee County that began on Friday night, April 3. This curfew runs from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. While, most of the residents complied to the order, a Facebook Live video surfaced showing a block party in Bradenton, consisting of more than 70 people.

Tiger Tests Positive for COVID-19. What does that mean for our pets and wildlife?

“There’s a lot of mammal viruses that are passed on from species to species out in the wild, but generally hey have their own strain. However, like any virus, it mutates. It’s constantly changing. It would not surprise me. This virus, even though it’s fairly new, it’s still had the time to evolve."

UPDATE: Sarasota Memorial Hospital latest COVID-19 cases

According to a statement released today, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has had a total of 810 COVID-19 cases.

Sarasota City Commission workshopping plan for homeless population

Among the many concerns addressed at the Sarasota City Commission meeting Monday were increases in overdoses and what to do with the homeless population during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Justice suspends jury trials through May

“The Florida state courts have taken measures to mitigate the effects of this public health emergency upon the judicial branch and its participants,” Canady wrote in a 14-page order.

Sarasota Police Department to limit person-to-person non-emergency calls

This is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the world practices social distancing.

Longboat Key launches “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program

The town of Longboat Key is reaching out to those who may need a little extra help during the “stay-at-home” mandate.

  Attorney General Ashley Moody warns of ‘Zoombombing’ during COVID-19 crisis

“To practice social distancing while we continue to operate, my staff and I, like so many other agencies and businesses, are using technology to hold important meetings."

The Coast Guard rescues 4 boaters from 24-foot vessel

A Coast Guard Station rescued two men and two women after their boat overturned Sunday near Sarasota.

North Port Police to enforce ‘Off-road’ violations

“We are continuing to enforce off-road violations along with large groups gathering due to COVID-19 concern.”

DeSantis: 72 new servers brought in to help with unemployment website

During a roundtable press conference Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the state of Florida had brought in 72 brand new servers to help deal with the influx of applications to the unemployment website.

  Are you wearing your mask correctly? Here’s a guideline explaining how

The CDC recommended using masks to help fight the spread of Coronavirus. But do you know how to wear your mask correctly?

Manatee County Animal Services kicks off pet food giveaway

Manatee County Animal Services will hold a pet food giveaway starting at 10 a.m. Monday.

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Retail giant Walmart is the latest to announce new restrictions inside its stores to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

Health officials stress they don't want people rushing to get medical or surgical masks. Instead, one option is to make your own.

  Americans brace for ‘hardest, saddest’ week of their lives; Europe hopes crisis peaking

Americans braced for what the nation’s top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hotspot in Europe.

Fire near Florida airport burns 3,500 rental cars

More than 3,500 rental cars are damaged or destroyed after a fire near a southwest Florida airport.

Sarasota Farmers Market ceases all operations due to coronavirus outbreak

The Sarasota Farmers Market Board of Directors has decided to stop all operations of the market until more funding is obtained.

Congressman Buchanan says Sarasota resident is set to come home after being stuck in India for the past month

Congressman Vern Buchanan has announced that the Sarasota resident who has been stuck in India for the past month is set to come home.

Deputies: Florida man brutalized, baked dog

Florida law enforcement say a man brutalized a dog and then baked it in an oven.

  Florida now has 12,350 confirmed coronavirus cases, state has suffered 221 COVID-19 related fatalities

Florida now has 12,350 confirmed coronavirus cases and 221 COVID-19 related fatalities.

  Support groups are still available during Coronavirus crisis

In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, with support groups for substance or alcohol abuse are still there for those who need it.

  A Suncoast family found a unique way to have family dinner

A Suncoast family has found a unique and fun way to have "family dinner" while practicing social distancing and supporting local restaurants.

Jonesboro, Ark., curfew lifted as utility crews, police work making progress in stricken areas

Preliminary results from the NWS in Memphis said the Jonesboro tornado had max winds of 140 m.p.h.

Florida deputy dies from coronavirus as cases top 11,000

Officials say a Florida deputy has died from coronavirus as the number of positive cases in the state topped 11,000.

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

What is essential and what isn't? Can I go golfing? What about church? How will it be enforced? Here's some help answering many of the Florida "Stay-At-Home" mandate questions.

Suncoast restaurants hoping they can remain open during stay-at-home order

Restaurants trying to survive during COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Many congregations across the Suncoast are glad the Governor has expressed religious services are essential especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Storm system to bring some clouds on Sunday

Lows over the past two mornings have been below average (60 degrees). It has been nice with lows in the mid 50′s in places.

  Many are having issues filing for unemployment due the technical problems on the Dept. of Economic Opportunities website

The Department of Economic Opportunity says they have received more than 300,000 unemployment applications but there still thousands more who haven't filed their application.

The City of Sarasota to extend public health emergency

In a statement released by the Sarasota Police Department, the city will enforce prohibition against all social gatherings of 10 or more people.

  A lack of rainfall leading to an increase in allergy symptoms on the Suncoast

You may have noticed an increase in allergy symptoms over the last few weeks, and this is likely linked to a lack of rainfall compared to the amount of rain we should have received this time of year. West Central Florida, including the Suncoast, is now under moderate drought conditions.

Florida hits 10K+ cases of COVID-19

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers.

Manatee County votes to create temporary curfew

Officials with Manatee County held an emergency meeting Friday to take a vote on whether to enforce a temporary curfew. After over two hours of debate, the motion passed.

UPDATE: Sarasota Memorial Hospital latest coronavirus cases

As of today, April 3, Sarasota Memorial reported it has tested nearly 700 patients. 53 of the patients have tested positive for coronavirus.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

Inmates to face quarantines as they transfer

Corrections officials said they have asked county jails to quarantine inmates who are scheduled to be moved to state prisons for 14 days before the transfers.

State under pressure to revamp ballot order rules

State elections officials will have until June 1 to decide how they want to comply with a federal judge’s ruling that rejected a decades-old Florida law requiring candidates who are in the same party as the governor to appear first on the ballot.

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

According to the Florida State Golf Association and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home order, playing golf in the state is considered a recreational activity.

  Target to limit customers in stores, give employees face masks and gloves

Target is implementing new safety measures starting Saturday, and it may impact your shopping experience at the retailer.

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

The Fire Rescue said it will also require people who are receiving assistance to wear a protective face mask before its workers are allowed to enter any home.

Suncoast Humane Society makes history amid the coronavirus pandemic

The organization announced it finished the last set of paperwork for the last two animals at its shelter last night, just before the stay-at-home order went into effect.

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

Florida's 30 day 'stay-at-home' order in now in effect. This means residents are not supposed to leave their house unless it's for an essential reason.

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.

  Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida

Cruise ships carrying dozens of passengers and crew displaying symptoms of the coronavirus awaited final word Thursday on when they would be able to dock at a Florida port after officials gave their tentative approval and the state’s governor dropped his previously firm opposition.

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

The statewide 30 day ‘stay-at-home’ order begins Friday April 3 at 12:01 a.m. It requires everyone in Florida to “limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home."

Nurses protest saying they don’t have enough protective gear during coronavirus pandemic

Nurses protest on the Suncoast and in seven states.

  One snowbird’s getaway has been a little different due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but has plans to get home

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted travel plans for many snowbirds who are currently residing in the Suncoast.

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

Hydroxychloroquine is also a medication taken by people who have rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Now, because of all the excitement about this drug, which has yet to be proven in clinical trials, there is a big-time national shortage and people who need those drugs can't find it.