Your Health Questions Answered

How Does Covid-19 Affect Your Heart?

We know the virus has short-term effects on cardiovascular health, but are there any long-term effects we should worry about? A Sarasota cardiologist chimes in.

09/22/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

'Most Days I Want to Break Down and Cry': Sarasota Nurses Share Pandemic Frustrations

Exhaustion, staffing shortages, doxxing, hate messages—local nurses are feeling the effects of the pandemic.

09/17/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Health

Could Sarasota Face a 'Twindemic' During Flu Season This Year?

Medical professionals are fearing a "twindemic," or rise in both influenza and Covid-19 cases this winter.

09/16/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19

What Do Biden's Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Mean For Sarasota?

The president will require roughly 100 million Americans to get vaccinated—including federal, health and some private-sector employees.

09/15/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19

Sarasota Teen Entrepreneur Invents Sustainable, Breathable Face Mask

Seventeen-year-old Kylie Smith created the Exa mask years before Covid-19. Now the product is being shipped to thousands of customers nationwide.

09/14/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

La Primavera Supermarket to Host Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Saturday

The event will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available.

09/09/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

Is Your Caregiver Following Covid-19 Safety Protocols?

We asked Take Care Home Health CEO Susanne Wise to share the safety tips she relies on to keep her staff and clients safe and healthy.

09/08/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Education

Despite DeSantis Appeal, Judge Rules School Mask Mandates Can Continue

In addition to allowing school districts to require masks, Judge John Cooper's decision ends the state's sanctions against 13 districts, including Sarasota County, that previously enacted mandates.

09/08/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial Expands ICU Due to Covid Surge

Sarasota Memorial Hospital expands its intensive care unit to accommodate severely ill Covid-19 patients

09/02/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Education

Sarasota School District Updates Face Mask Exemption Policy

The district is now only accepting exemption forms from MDs, DOs and nurse practitioners. The move comes after Venice chiropractor Dan Busch signed more than 500 medical exemption forms.

09/01/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Can You Still Be a Covid-19 Carrier Even if You're Fully Vaccinated?

Yes—but vaccination significantly reduces severe Covid, hospitalization and death.

08/31/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Manatee Community Foundation to Host Covid-19 Information Event

Attendees will have the chance to hear from local health experts regarding Covid-19 data, testing, vaccine hesitancy and community response.

08/30/2021 By Staff

Breaking News

Florida Judge Strikes Down DeSantis' Ban on Mask Mandates in Schools

More Florida children are hospitalized with Covid-19 right now than at any other point in the pandemic.

08/27/2021 By Megan McDonald

The pandemic

Covid-19 Antibody Treatment Now Available in Manatee County

Manatee Memorial Hospital is working with the state to provide monoclonal antibody treatments to patients who have tested positive for Covid-19.

08/27/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19

Where to Get a Covid Test or Vaccine in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Bookmark this list of local testing sites, vaccination sites and how to access Covid-related aid, such as rental assistance.

08/26/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Good Deeds

Knick's Tavern and Grill, Artisan Cheese Company Help Feed Frontline Workers

As Covid cases surge, the restaurants are providing meals for local first responders.

08/26/2021 By Emma Moneuse

Vaccination

Empath Health Announces Vaccine Policy

The vaccine policy is an initiative of Empath Health senior leadership in consultation with clinical experts and endorsement from the board of directors.

08/24/2021 By Staff

Covid-19

What's the Difference Between a Covid Vaccine Booster and a Third Dose?

Covid-19 booster vaccines are different from a third mRNA shot. The latter is now being administered to the immunocompromised.

08/24/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Local Organizations Sponsor Free Community Vaccine Clinics This Week

The clinics will take place on Saturday at Church of the Cross and Sunday at the Newtown-North Sarasota Redevelopment Office.

08/23/2021 By Staff

Breaking News

Sarasota School Board Approves Mask Mandate With Limited Exemptions

The measure will stay in place for 90 days, or until Sarasota County's Covid-19 test positivity rate falls.

08/20/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker