Health News

UPDATE: What You Need to Know About Coronavirus in Sarasota-Manatee

A round-up of what we know about COVID-19 locally. We’ll be updating this post as news about the virus continues to unfold.

03/24/2020 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

DeSantis Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Elective Medical Procedures

These procedures are defined as "medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient's immediate health, safety or wellbeing at risk."

03/20/2020 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

Healthcare Foundation Approves More Than $1 Million in Grants to Help Fight COVID-19

Funds will be directed toward the purchase of ventilators, infectious disease testing equipment, cleaning robots and more.

03/20/2020 By Megan McDonald

Hand Up

Local Distilleries Produce Hand Sanitizer in Response to Shortage

Loaded Cannon and Drum Circle Distilling are producing and distributing free hand sanitizer to hospitals, nursing homes and first responders.

03/19/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Travel Safety

Here's What's Happening at SRQ Airport in the Face of COVID-19

SRQ International CEO Rick Piccolo says the airport has experienced slight decline in passenger count over the last two weeks.

03/18/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Public Health

Sarasota Simulators Used for COVID-19 Training

CAE Healthcare has created a downloadable “Simulated Clinical Experience” (SCE) that can be used to recreate the symptoms and behaviors of a sick patient.

03/15/2020 By Hannah Wallace

Public Health

Hospice, Retirement Communities Implement Coronavirus Precautions

Measures include canceling meetings and activities, limiting visitors, and even screening people as they enter campuses and facilities.

03/15/2020 By Hannah Wallace

Public Health

Sarasota Department of Health Sets Up COVID-19 Call Center

County residents who believe they may have COVID-19 are asked to call the Sarasota call center *before* visiting health care providers.

03/13/2020 By Megan McDonald

Public Health

Two Sarasota County Residents Test Positive for COVID-19

It's unclear as to whether the cases are travel-related.

03/13/2020 By Megan McDonald

Public Health

DeSantis Urges Organizations to Postpone Large Gatherings to Prevent Coronavirus

The remainder of the Florida spring training season is expected to be cancelled, and colleges and universities are extending spring break and instituting remote learning procedures.

03/12/2020 By Megan McDonald

Health News

Second Manatee County Resident Tests Presumptive Positive for Coronavirus

There are 115 coronavirus tests currently pending in Florida, and 302 people currently being monitored.

03/09/2020 By Megan McDonald

Health News

New Roskamp Institute Clinical Research Shows Promise of Drug in Slowing Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

More than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

03/06/2020 By Staff

Health News

SMH Says First Batch of COVID-19 Tests Are Negative

The hospital recently tested 14 patients with unexplained respiratory illness; it has also set up a 24/7 coronavirus command center and a public hotline.

03/05/2020 By Megan McDonald

Health News

Coronavirus: Local Schools to Remain Open; Third Case Presumptively Confirmed

Both school districts are implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures; the third coronavirus case is the sister of a Hillsborough County woman whose case was already confirmed.

03/03/2020 By Megan McDonald

Health News

Updates: Coronavirus Is Here. This Is What We Know So Far

Plus, tips from the Florida Department of Health for minimizing your risk of contamination.

03/02/2020 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

DeSantis Declares Public Health Emergency After Two Floridians 'Presumptively' Test Positive for Coronavirus

One of the patients is a Manatee County resident who is being treated at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

03/01/2020 By Megan McDonald

Nursing

Scholarships Available for Local Nurses, Nursing Students

Since 2016, SNAC has awarded $264,000 in nursing scholarships to 72 local recipients.

02/27/2020 By Staff

Health News

Venice Regional Bayfront Health Now Offering Palliative Care Services

Care is provided through the hospital's collaboration with Connexis Medical Services.

02/21/2020 By Staff

Jobs

Women’s Resource Center’s Career Connections Program Will Offer Free CNA Training Session

Representatives from local healthcare systems will be on hand with information about classes, scholarships, employment and other opportunities.

02/20/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

Hospital Appoints Breast Program Director for New Cancer Institute

Dr. Russell Novak has practiced in Sarasota since 1986 and held multiple leadership positions at Sarasota Memorial, including as past chief of surgery.

02/19/2020 By Staff