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

Fast Track

Local Physician Elected Partner at Florida Digestive Health Specialists

Dr. Marc Bernstein is a board-certified gastroenterologist.

08/10/2021 By Staff

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


Tidewell Foundation Receives Grant for Grief Support Program

The $30,000 will go to a program designed to help grieving children and caregivers in Sarasota's Newtown community.

08/06/2021 By Staff

Health News

Bradenton Resident Selected for National Alzheimer's Association Advisory Group

Deborah Jobe is one of 10 individuals chosen to serve on the group.

08/05/2021 By Staff

Health News

Center For Sight to Perform Free Vision-Restoring Procedures

The annual Mission Cataract event will take place on Aug. 11 and Aug. 18.

08/05/2021 By Staff


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


First 1,000 Days Suncoast Expands Outreach and Support Team

Tina Wilson has been hired as family navigator, Dallas Decklever as peer support specialist, and Sienna Kelley as administrative assistant.

08/04/2021 By Staff

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

Health News

Widely Recognized Thyroid Surgeon Joins Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Dr. Ralph Tufano will lead the new First Physicians Group Thyroid and Parathyroid Center

08/03/2021 By Staff

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

Health News

Tidewell Hospice Expanding Children’s and Family Grief Services in Newtown

Tidewell’s Blue Butterfly Newtown program sessions will begin August 18 at Bethlehem Bible Church.

07/29/2021 By Staff

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


Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Reaches Fundraising Milestone

The Dr. Washington Clark Hill Endowment Fund will allow Healthy Start to expand its programs, increase resources and support other needs.

07/28/2021 By Staff

Health News

SMH Announces Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute Inaugural Physician Team

Medical oncologist Dr. Richard Brown will oversee the team of more than 70 community physicians.

07/28/2021 By Staff

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