Coronavirus

Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through July 17

A mandatory mask order is also in effect.

12:38pm By Staff

Coronavirus

Another 1.3 Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week

The unemployment rate was 12.7 percent for the week ending June 27.

07/09/2020 By Staff

Safe and Stylish

Five Stylish Face Masks

With mask ordinances in effect, we've found face coverings from local boutiques that will keep you safe—*without* sacrificing your style.

07/08/2020 By Heather Dunhill

Back at it

Venice Farmers Market Reopens Saturday

The market is the first in the area to reopen since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

07/08/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Goodwill Manasota Will Distribute Thousands of Masks

The organization is giving away 55,000 masks as long as supplies last.

07/06/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Florida Shatters Its Single-Day Record for COVID-19 Cases With 10,109

There were 106 new positive cases in Sarasota County and 160 in Manatee County. Sarasota Memorial Hospital also reported a record number of hospitalized patients, with 56, including 16 in the ICU.

07/02/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Another 1.4 Million People Filed for Unemployment Last Week

However, the U.S. added 4.8 million jobs in June, the Department of Labor reported, although those numbers were compiled before COVID-19 cases began rising in states including Florida.

07/02/2020 By Staff

#SOURQ

Sarasota Chamber Launches 'Support Local' Campaign

The campaign focuses on driving customers to local small businesses, particularly in the restaurant and retail industries.

07/01/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Selby Gardens Reverts to Phase One Reopening Status

The move comes after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.

07/01/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Longboat Key Closes Public Beach Parking, Restrooms

The move is to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

07/01/2020 By Staff

Survey Says...

Survey Finds Most Floridians Think It's Important to Wear Masks in Restaurants

According to a new survey, eight in 10 Floridians say it's either "very" or "somewhat" important to don a mask while visiting a restaurant.

06/30/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Sarasota County Health Department Adds Second Day of Testing in South County

The second by-appointment drive-thru testing event will take place at Heron Creek Middle School on Thursday, July 2.

06/30/2020 By Staff

Grants

Child Protection Center Awarded Grant From COVID-19 Response Initiative

The $7,500 grant will support CPC’s Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program.

06/29/2020 By Staff

Breaking

City of Sarasota Now Requires Masks in Public

The city received hundreds of phone calls and emails about the proposed ordinance in recent days.

06/29/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker and David Hackett

Coronavirus

Blood Bank at 'Critically Low' Shortage of Plasma From Recovered COVID-19

As cases of COVID-19 increase, SunCoast Blood Centers needs plasma from those recovered and free of symptoms for 14 days.

06/29/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Sarasota Health Department Closes Main Immunizations Clinic Due to COVID-19 Exposure

The clinic is contacting clients who may have been exposed so they can watch for symptoms and get tested. It will reopen July 10 by appointment only.

06/29/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Sarasota Health Department Will Conduct COVID-19 Testing in North Port Wednesday

DOH Sarasota will have 100 COVID-19 tests available for this one-day, four-hour testing opportunity. Appointments are required as demand is high.

06/26/2020 By Staff

Coronavirus

Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended Through July 3

The emergency order again strongly urges the public to wear protective masks when leaving home.

06/26/2020 By Staff

Breaking

Florida Is Shutting Down Bars Again Because of COVID-19

The state issued the order the same day it was reported that Florida had 8,942 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, a single-day record.

06/26/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

Holmes Beach Issues Mandatory Face Mask Order

The city says the ordinance is necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the community, especially as daily numbers continue to shatter records.

06/26/2020 By Megan McDonald