Coronavirus

DeSantis Introduces Reopening Plan for Florida

The 'Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery' would allow restaurants to open indoor seating at 25 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing.

04/30/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Another 4.4 Million People Filed Unemployment Claims Last Week

Those claims bring the unemployment total to more than 26 million people, or 11.3 percent.

04/23/2020 By Megan McDonald

Q&A

'We're Going Backwards': A Climate Change Expert Sounds the Alarm

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we asked one of the authors of a major climate change report for an update on how we're doing.

04/21/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

DeSantis Suspends 'Actively Seeking Work' Requirement for Unemployment Claimants

The governor's office says that the suspension is on an emergency temporary basis to respond to the spread of COVID-19.

04/17/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Here's What You Need to Know About the Federal Stimulus Payments

When will your check arrive? And how much will you get? We've got answers.

04/16/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Unemployment Claims Total More Than 22 Million

More than 5.2 million people filed for unemployment this week, bringing the unemployment rate to an unprecedented 8.2 percent.

04/16/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Another 6.6. Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week

That brings the current total number of unemployed U.S. residents to a staggering 16.78 million, according to grim new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

04/09/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

U.S. Unemployment Claims Spike to Shocking 6.6 Million

According to new data, nearly 10 million people have filed unemployment claims over the past two weeks due to the crushing economic ramifications of COVID-19.

04/02/2020 By Megan McDonald

Style

Bring Home a Piece of Sarasota From These Terrific Museum Gift Shops

Not only will you have a treasured memory of our region, you'll be supporting our local institutions.

04/01/2020 By Megan McDonald

Sealed With a Kiss

Alexis Fraser Is Making a Name For Herself With Art Made From Lipstick

“Once I started setting the bar high for myself, everything started to happen. My work is made with love to spread the love.”

04/01/2020 By Megan McDonald

Breaking News

Facing Rising National Pressure, DeSantis Issues Stay-at-Home Order for Florida

After days of resisting shutting down non-essential businesses, Gov. DeSantis' order will take effect Thursday, April 2, at midnight.

04/01/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Designer Camilyn Beth Offers Sewing Tutorials for Those Wanting to Make Face Masks

'Right now, my gut is telling me not to worry about dress sales and to focus on making these masks and teaching others.'

03/30/2020 By Megan McDonald

First Person

'There Aren't Enough Tests': A Sarasota Native Shares Her Experience With COVID-19

While returning to Sarasota from Egypt, Kirstin Whitmire began to develop a fever and a sore throat. At first, she thought it was just stress and exhaustion.

03/25/2020 By Megan McDonald

Public Health

City’s Playgrounds, Parks to Close Wednesday

Outdoor park areas will remain open for walking, jogging and exercise; however, citizens are urged to follow guidelines about social distancing and public gatherings.

03/24/2020 By Megan McDonald

Coronavirus

Elite Motor Works Offers Free Oil Changes for Healthcare Workers

'We see how hard healthcare workers are working, so we decided to help out,' owner Jamie Caldwell says.

03/24/2020 By Megan McDonald

Health News

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

Between this week and last, Florida added 6,898 new COVID-19 cases.

03/24/2020 By Megan McDonald

Public Health

All Florida State Parks to Close

Limiting hours and reducing visitor capacity have not resulted in the reductions needed to protect public health, park leadership said.

03/23/2020 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

DeSantis Directs Restaurants, Fitness Centers to Close

Restaurants are able to keep kitchens open to provide take-out and delivery.

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