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Survey Finds Most Floridians Think It's Important to Wear Masks in Restaurants

According to a new survey, eight in 10 Floridians say it's either "very" or "somewhat" important to don a mask while visiting a restaurant.

06/30/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Sarasota County Health Department Adds Second Day of Testing in South County

The second by-appointment drive-thru testing event will take place at Heron Creek Middle School on Thursday, July 2.

06/30/2020 By Staff


Child Protection Center Awarded Grant From COVID-19 Response Initiative

The $7,500 grant will support CPC’s Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program.

06/29/2020 By Staff


City of Sarasota Now Requires Masks in Public

The city received hundreds of phone calls and emails about the proposed ordinance in recent days.

06/29/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker and David Hackett


Blood Bank at 'Critically Low' Shortage of Plasma From Recovered COVID-19

As cases of COVID-19 increase, SunCoast Blood Centers needs plasma from those recovered and free of symptoms for 14 days.

06/29/2020 By Staff


Sarasota Health Department Closes Main Immunizations Clinic Due to COVID-19 Exposure

The clinic is contacting clients who may have been exposed so they can watch for symptoms and get tested. It will reopen July 10 by appointment only.

06/29/2020 By Staff


Sarasota Health Department Will Conduct COVID-19 Testing in North Port Wednesday

DOH Sarasota will have 100 COVID-19 tests available for this one-day, four-hour testing opportunity. Appointments are required as demand is high.

06/26/2020 By Staff


Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through July 3

The emergency order again strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home.

06/26/2020 By Staff


Florida Is Shutting Down Bars Again Because of COVID-19

The state issued the order the same day it was reported that Florida had 8,942 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, a single-day record.

06/26/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Holmes Beach Issues Mandatory Face Mask Order

The city says the ordinance is necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the community, especially as daily numbers continue to shatter records.

06/26/2020 By Megan McDonald


Sarasota Memorial Hospital Is Restricting Visitors Again

The hospital says the changes are part of its ongoing effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of patients, staff and the community.

06/25/2020 By Staff


More Than 1.5 Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week

There are currently 19.5 million Americans collecting unemployment benefits.

06/25/2020 By Staff


City of Sarasota Giving Away Up to 50,000 Masks

The “Mask Mobile,” a city vehicle with a white surgical mask across the front grill, can also be found around town to promote mask usage in public.

06/25/2020 By Staff


COVID Cases Are Rising—and So Are New Treatments

Sarasota Memorial Hospital ICU physician Kirk Voelker explains the new medicines and what we should be doing now.

06/24/2020 Edited by Susan Burns


Bank of America Donates $20,000 to Meals on Wheels of Sarasota

The funds will be used to meet the rising local demand for food and resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

06/23/2020 By Staff


Sarasota Health Department Will Conduct COVID-19 Testing in Englewood Thursday

DOH Sarasota will have 100 COVID-19 tests available for this testing opportunity.

06/23/2020 By Staff

Real Estate

May Housing Market Down 43.5 Percent Over Last Year

Both Sarasota and Manatee counties saw a decline in sales and supply, causing median prices to rise again.

06/22/2020 By Staff


For 13th Straight Week, Unemployment Claims Top 1 Million

Though the numbers are decreasing from an all-time high in April, experts say weekly filings are still more than twice the worst week of the Great Recession.

06/18/2020 By Staff

Now in Progress

Will Community Theater Seasons Go On? And How?

Artistic leaders have needed to be flexible in adapting to COVID-19 restrictions.

06/17/2020 By Kay Kipling


Sarasota Memorial, Suncoast Blood Centers Urge Blood Donations

Sarasota Memorial Hospital says it has seen a "slight uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations."

06/16/2020 By Staff