Covid-19

Covid-19 Update

Do Sarasota and Manatee Counties Track Coronavirus Variants?

After two Covid-19 deaths in Manatee County, we wondered if health officials traced it to the delta variant, which is 60 percent more contagious than the original strain.

06/24/2021 By Allison Forsyth

New Rules

Can Workplaces Legally Require Covid-19 Vaccination?

A Sarasota labor and employment law attorney answers our questions about what employers can require of you when returning to the office.

06/16/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Food Bank to Continue Monthly Food Distribution, Vaccination Effort

The June installment takes place this Saturday, June 19, from 9-11 a.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

06/14/2021 By Staff

Health care

Downtown Farmers' Market to Host Covid-19 Vaccine Event This Saturday

Single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available for free to anyone 18 and up.

06/07/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

Here's What You Need to Know About the Covid-19 Vaccine in Sarasota-Manatee

We're keeping this post updated with new developments as we receive them.

06/02/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

SMH Opens Doors to More Visitors

The hospital has resumed normal visiting hours from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

05/21/2021 By Staff

Covid-19

CDC Says Vaccinated Americans Can Go Unmasked

But there are a still a few exceptions to the rule.

05/14/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

DeSantis Announces $1,000 Pandemic Bonus for Florida First Responders

Approximately $208 million has been allocated from DEO for more than 174,000 first responders across the state.

05/05/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

Gov. Ron DeSantis Ends Local Covid-19 Restrictions

The order comes after DeSantis signed into law Senate Bill 2006, which will allow the governor to override local emergency orders.

05/03/2021 By Staff

Covid-19

Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations Resume in Florida, Nationwide

On Friday, April 23, the FDA and CDC approved continued use of the one-dose vaccine nationwide.

04/26/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Your Health Questions Answered

Is It Safe to Exercise After Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine?

A medical adviser for Orangetheory Fitness says working out after getting the vaccine may help prevent soreness and fatigue, but if you've actually had Covid, the answer is more complicated.

04/21/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Coronavirus

Experimental New Treatment Targets Deadly Inflammation in Covid Patients

Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) is one of more than a dozen research sites nationwide participating in the trial.

04/15/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

All Faiths Food Bank to Hold Monthly Food Distributions at Van Wezel

The large-scale events will take place on the fourth Saturday of each month through October at the Van Wezel.

04/15/2021 By Staff

Covid-19

Federal Officials Call for Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Distribution

But Sarasota-Manatee residents can still receive Moderna vaccinations at county sites.

04/13/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Tribute

La Musica Festival's Derek Han Dead at 63

The co-founder and associate artistic director of the long-running chamber music festival, Han was respected worldwide.

04/12/2021 By Kay Kipling

Creative Thinking

Nancy Guth Is Crafting Her Way Through the Covid Crisis

The Sarasota photographer found a new artistic path to help her survive as a Covid "long-hauler."

04/12/2021 By Kay Kipling

The Pandemic

City of Sarasota Revisiting Mask Mandate

The city commission voted 3-2 on Monday to begin reinstating the expired mask mandate.

04/06/2021 By Staff

The Pandemic

Tidewell Hospice, NAACP Partner to Provide Covid Vaccine to Underserved Populations

The organizations have scheduled four vaccine clinics in predominantly Black neighborhoods in Sarasota.

04/05/2021 By Staff

Oh, The Places You'll Go

The CDC Is Loosening Its Rules for International Travel

Here's what locals want to do—and where they want to jet—when they feel safe.

04/05/2021 By Staff

Covid-19

State Vaccination Sites are Transitioning From Pfizer to Johnson & Johnson

Beginning April 6, one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines will replace two-dose Pfizer at state-supported sites.

04/05/2021 By Staff