Coronavirus

All Faiths Food Bank Announces Matching Campaign for Hunger Relief

In response to a significant increase in need due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, a $600,000 matching opportunity has been provided by area philanthropists.

08/07/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Nearly 1.2 Million People File for Unemployment This Week

It's the 20th straight week that jobless claims have topped more than 1 million.

08/06/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

How Many People Are Actually Presymptomatic or Asymptomatic for Covid-19?

We asked the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County to help explain.

08/06/2020 By Hannah Wallace

Coronavirus

Manatee CARES Housing Assistance Program Applications Open Aug. 6

Funding is limited to the first 500 people

08/05/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Sarasota Health Department Will Conduct COVID-19 Testing Aug. 5 and 6

DOH Sarasota will have 100 COVID-19 tests available per day; appointments are required as demand for testing is high.

08/04/2020 By Staff

Is It Safe to Eat Out?

How Local Restaurants Are Handling COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Restaurants have instituted a number of new safety measures, but dozens of complaints about a lack of social distancing have been filed with the state.

08/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

City of Sarasota Public Health Emergency Extended Through Aug. 7

Face coverings are also required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in the city limits, whenever proper social distancing cannot be maintained.

07/31/2020 By Staff

Moments of Joy

Crossing the Ringling Bridge Remains a View to a Thrill

Seeing our city from the span never fails to please.

07/31/2020 By Kay Kipling

Coronavirus

Jobless Claims Rise Again This Week

Plus, Florida reports record deaths, federal $600-per-week unemployment payments to end, and Gov. DeSantis extends eviction and mortgage relief through Sept. 1.

07/30/2020 By Staff

Grants

Applications for Small Business Grant Program Due Aug. 7

Eligible small businesses are encouraged to apply for a $5,000 grant as part of the City of Sarasota’s ongoing COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.

07/30/2020 By Staff

Moments of Joy

Moment of Joy: Sipping That Nitro Cold Brew With Sweet Cream

Cooper Levey-Baker has been working from home since March, and since he doesn't have regular access to his favorite coffee shops, he's come to rely on Starbucks.

07/30/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Expands COVID-19 Antibody Trial

On Monday, the hospital opened the trial to people who have been infected with the novel coronavirus, but who aren’t sick enough to be hospitalized.

07/29/2020 By Megan McDonald

Back to School?

Parents and Teachers Face Difficult Decisions as Schools Begin to Reopen

As the number of area residents with COVID-19 continues to grow, parents are being forced to decide whether to send their kids back to school, and teachers are wondering if it's safe to go back to work.

07/29/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Coronavirus

Manatee County Issues Mask Resolution

The local medical community estimates that up to 48 percent of Manatee County residents may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic and spreading the novel coronavirus.

07/28/2020 By Megan McDonald

COVID-19

How to Handle COVID-19 at Home

Most of us will quarantine at home when we're infected. Sarasota Memorial Hospital doctors offer tips for equipment and people to have on hand.

07/28/2020 By Hannah Wallace

Coronavirus

City of Sarasota Public Health Emergency Extended Through July 31

Face coverings continue to be required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces within city limits.

07/24/2020 By Staff

Jobs

Unemployment Claims Increase as 1.4 Million People File for Benefits

Claims rose last week for the first time in three months as COVID-19 cases surged in the U.S.

07/23/2020 By Staff

Pandemic Pours

How Local Wine Purveyors Have Pivoted During the Pandemic

Local wine shops, wine bars and restaurants have had to get creative—quickly.

07/22/2020 By Bob McGinn

Coronavirus

Florida Housing Board Releases $75 Million in Funding for COVID-19 Relief

Sarasota County will receive $772,298; Manatee County will receive $1,169,599.

07/21/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through July 24

Face coverings are also now required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in the city limits, whenever proper social distancing cannot be maintained.

07/17/2020 By Staff