The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial Expands ICU Due to Covid Surge

Sarasota Memorial Hospital expands its intensive care unit to accommodate severely ill Covid-19 patients

09/02/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Education

Sarasota School District Updates Face Mask Exemption Policy

The district is now only accepting exemption forms from MDs, DOs and nurse practitioners. The move comes after Venice chiropractor Dan Busch signed more than 500 medical exemption forms.

09/01/2021 By Megan McDonald

Your Health Questions Answered

Two Sarasota Nutritionists on Why Probiotics Are So Good For Us

Probiotics are live bacteria that can boost gut health, brain function and immunity. Mikka Knapp and Nora Clemens break them down for us.

09/01/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Can You Still Be a Covid-19 Carrier Even if You're Fully Vaccinated?

Yes—but vaccination significantly reduces severe Covid, hospitalization and death.

08/31/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Manatee Community Foundation to Host Covid-19 Information Event

Attendees will have the chance to hear from local health experts regarding Covid-19 data, testing, vaccine hesitancy and community response.

08/30/2021 By Staff

Gut Feeling

Meet the IMG Academy Grads Behind Sunny Culture, a Water Kefir Probiotic Drink

It might make your tummy—and overall health—better.

08/30/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Walk On

The 'Sarasota Walkers' Walking Group Offers Fitness and Friendship for All

Thirty to 40 people now show up at a time, looking to make friends or get in some cardio.

08/30/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Breaking News

Florida Judge Strikes Down DeSantis' Ban on Mask Mandates in Schools

More Florida children are hospitalized with Covid-19 right now than at any other point in the pandemic.

08/27/2021 By Megan McDonald

Covid-19

Where to Get a Covid Test or Vaccine in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Bookmark this list of local testing sites, vaccination sites and how to access Covid-related aid, such as rental assistance.

08/26/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Your Health Questions Answered

Are Metal Water Bottles Healthier for You?

Single-use plastic water bottles can have a negative impact on your health and the environment. Here are some metal brands we recommend for all your hydration needs.

08/25/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Vaccination

Empath Health Announces Vaccine Policy

The vaccine policy is an initiative of Empath Health senior leadership in consultation with clinical experts and endorsement from the board of directors.

08/24/2021 By Staff

Covid-19

What's the Difference Between a Covid Vaccine Booster and a Third Dose?

Covid-19 booster vaccines are different from a third mRNA shot. The latter is now being administered to the immunocompromised.

08/24/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Local Organizations Sponsor Free Community Vaccine Clinics This Week

The clinics will take place on Saturday at Church of the Cross and Sunday at the Newtown-North Sarasota Redevelopment Office.

08/23/2021 By Staff

Breaking News

Sarasota School Board Approves Mask Mandate With Limited Exemptions

The measure will stay in place for 90 days, or until Sarasota County's Covid-19 test positivity rate falls.

08/20/2021 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Philanthropy

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Receives $250,000 Gift

The donation, from Eliza and Hugh Culverhouse, will be used to help SMH respond to the current surge of Covid-19 cases

08/20/2021 By Staff

Education

Florida Scholarship to Help Bullied Kids May Now Go Toward 'Covid Harassment'

The Hope Scholarship helps bullied children transfer schools. Now, the taxpayer-funded Florida program may help children transfer to a private school if they are bullied for wearing—or not wearing—a mask at school.

08/20/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19

Does the Covid Lambda Variant Pose a Threat to Sarasota?

The Lambda variant is present in Florida—however, it's only a "variant of interest," not a "variant of concern," according to the CDC.

08/18/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Will Roll Out Next Month in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that boosters will be available for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

08/18/2021 By Megan McDonald

Your Health Questions Answered

What Exactly Is Everesting?

The cycling challenge gained popularity during Covid-19 lockdowns, but it's still being tackled by amateurs and pros. Here's how to get started.

08/18/2021 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial's Covid-19 Patient Census Is the Highest It's Ever Been

Of the 239 Covid-positive patients in the hospital, 52 are in the ICU and 34 are on ventilators; 89 percent of them are unvaccinated.

08/17/2021 By Megan McDonald