Almost 3.2 Million More People File Unemployment Claims

Experts expect the Department of Labor's unemployment rate for April to be at or above 15 percent.

05/07/2020 By Megan McDonald


USF Epidemiologist Provides Sweeping COVID-19 Updates

When asked about a return to “normal time,” Dr. John Sinnott compared the COVID-19 crisis to 9/11: “We will never return to normal after this."

05/07/2020 By Hannah Wallace


All Faiths Food Bank Plans Mass Food Distributions in Sarasota County

All Faiths expects to serve as many as 9,200 total community members at both Ed Smith Stadium and CoolToday Park.

05/06/2020 By Staff


How COVID-19 Is Impacting People on the Edge

The pandemic is exacerbated by a broken Florida unemployment benefits system that has left hundreds of thousands of jobless residents still waiting for their first assistance checks.

05/06/2020 By David Hackett

Celebrating Nurses

What It's Like Being a Nurse During COVID-19

Behind the scenes with a Sarasota Memorial Hospital nurse.

05/06/2020 With Hannah Wallace

Mamma Mia!

Celebrate Mother's Day With These Takeout Options

A number of local restaurants are offering Mother's Day meals to-go this year.

05/05/2020 By Allison Forsyth


Manatee County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit Trains at Goodwill Manasota

While the corporate campus remains empty, Manatee sheriffs officers and service dogs used the facility to sniff out "drugs" and "bombs."

05/05/2020 By Staff


Suncoast Humane Society To Launch Drive-Up Wellness Clinic

Vaccines, microchips, fecal tests, FELV/FIV tests, nail trims, deworming, heartworm tests and heartworm/flea products will be available.

05/05/2020 By Staff

Sealed With a Kiss

Local Artist Launches 'Kisses for a Cause' Charity

Alexis Fraser, aka Lipstick Lex, wants to help struggling families.

05/05/2020 By Staff


Donor to Invest $400,000 in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

The Knight donor-advised fund of the Manatee Community Foundation will support COVID-19 relief in Bradenton.

05/05/2020 By Staff


How COVID-19 Has Complicated the Process for Adoptions and Foster Families

The pandemic has caused a decline in the number of potential new homes for kids who need them.

05/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Hair Hacks

Quarantine Hair 'Do’s'—and Definite 'Don’ts'

From whether to cut your own bangs to ways to stealthily go gray, NUOVO Salon Group's Terry McKee is answering your quarantine hair questions.

05/04/2020 By Heather Dunhill

Good Deeds

Orioles to Host Blood Drive at Ed Smith Stadium

All fans who donate blood will receive an Orioles backpack cooler, OneBlood T-shirt and a wellness checkup.

05/03/2020 By Staff

Health News

Doctors Hospital, Venice Regional to Resume Outpatient, Elective Surgeries

Both hospitals say numerous precautions have been put in place to maintain a safe environment of care.

05/03/2020 By Staff


COVID-19 Testing Available Tuesday in North Sarasota

Tests are by appointment only; this event is one of three sessions scheduled throughout the county next week.

05/03/2020 By Staff


CareerSource Suncoast to Receive Emergency Funds From United Way Suncoast

The funds are part of more than $1.2 million of COVID-19 emergency assistance from the United Way Suncoast’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

05/03/2020 By Staff


Some Local Restaurants Will Begin Offering Limited In-Person Dining

Per new state rules, restaurants must follow social distancing regulations and limit indoor seating to 25 percent of total capacity.

05/01/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Health News

SMH to Resume Elective and Non-Emergency Surgeries on Monday

All of SMH’s operating rooms, surgery suites and labs, as well as its Cape Outpatient Surgery Center, will resume normal operations on Monday.

04/30/2020 By Staff

Sewing Strong

Local Arts Groups Are Turning Out Needed Face Masks For First Responders

Costumers and seamstresses have turned their skills from creating attire for performers onstage to masks for their fellow community members.

04/30/2020 By Kay Kipling


More Than 30 Million People Are Currently Unemployed in the U.S.

Another 3.8 million people filed unemployment claims last week.

04/30/2020 By Megan McDonald