Covid-19

Food News

How Sarasota Restaurants Are Navigating a Labor Shortage

Wages are rising and more restaurants are offering benefits and other bonuses—but servers and cooks remain scarce.

08/11/2021 By Elizabeth Djinis

Covid-19

Sarasota County Schools Announces New Safety Protocols

A rise in pediatric Covid-19 cases caused Sarasota County Schools to make changes to its safety measures on the first day of school.

08/11/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Back to School

Here’s What You Need to Know About Covid-19 School Safety Protocols

Here's a rundown of what the Sarasota County and Manatee County school districts are doing to keep kids and staff safe.

08/11/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

La Primavera Supermarket to Host Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Aug. 21

The walk-up clinic will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; the Pfizer vaccine will be available for those ages 12 and older. No appointments are necessary.

08/10/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Reports Record Number of Covid Patients

The hospital currently has 201 Covid-positive patients—the highest number since the pandemic began last March.

08/10/2021 By Megan McDonald

Covid-19

Covid-19 Testing Site Returns to Robert L. Taylor Center

The free walk-up testing site will be available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

08/06/2021 By Staff

Covid-19

A Sarasota Pediatrician's Advice for Keeping Children Safe When Returning to School

SMH pediatrician Dr. Jessie Hoang shares the risks of Covid-19, delta variant and other illnesses in children returning to school, and how to stay safe.

08/05/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Helping Paws

Meet Buffy, the Covid-19 Sniffing Dog at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota hired Buffy, a Labrador Retriever service dog, to sniff out Covid-19 in positive patients.

08/04/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Florida Breaks Covid-19 Hospitalization Records Again

Florida reported 12,408 hospitalizations today, the vast majority of whom are unvaccinated.

08/04/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

Florida Is Breaking Records for Covid Cases, Hospitalizations

On July 31, 2021, the state reported 21,683 new Covid-19 cases and more than 10,000 hospitalizations.

08/02/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

SMH Re-Activates ‘No Visitors’ Policy

The policy takes effect Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, and comes in response to surging Covid-19 cases.

07/30/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

Publix Will Require Employees to Wear Masks Again

The change is effective Aug. 2.

07/30/2021 By Staff

Covid-19

What Do We Need to Know About the Covid-19 Delta Variant and Breakthrough Cases?

Sarasota Memorial Hospital infectious disease specialist Dr. Manuel Gordillo breaks down what's happening locally.

07/29/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

'We're in Pandemic Mode': Here's What's Happening With Covid-19 at SMH

"When you go through the ICU, it's an eye-opener."

07/29/2021 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

CDC Issues New Mask Guidelines in Response to Surging Covid Cases

As of July 27, Florida was averaging 12,496 daily cases—a 124 percent increase over the previous 14 days.

07/28/2021 By Megan McDonald

Covid-19

Busting Covid-19 Myths with a TikTok-Famous Immunologist

Morgan McSweeney, or "Dr. Noc," has been researching the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

07/26/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Travel

Survey: 76 Percent of Floridians Are More Comfortable Traveling Now

A new report shows that traveler confidence has surged from 40 percent in Q1 to 76 percent in Q3.

07/22/2021 By Staff

Covid-19

The Zip Codes Where Vaccination Rates Are Highest

We also looked at the rest of the state to see where vaccination rates are highest and lowest.

07/22/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19

Should Kids Still Be Wearing Masks?

Sarasota Memorial Hospital epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist Dr. Manuel Gordillo answers some important questions about masking and vaccination in children.

07/16/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19

I'm Vaccinated. Do I Need to Worry Around the Unvaccinated?

Dr. Manuel Gordillo at Sarasota Memorial Hospital says that vaccinated people should remain careful in certain situations.

07/08/2021 By Allison Forsyth