New Wave

Drug Overdoses Are Rising Again. Why?

There have been 134 overdoses in Sarasota and 309 in Manatee since just this May, and the numbers keep growing.

09/16/2022 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

New Covid Omicron Booster Shots Are Available. Here's What to Know.

The new boosters target the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants, the most prevalent strains of Covid in the U.S.

09/12/2022 By Megan McDonald

The Pandemic

The CDC Loosens Its Covid-19 Quarantine and Testing Guidelines

You no longer have to quarantine if you've been exposed to the virus.

08/15/2022 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

The Covid BA.5 Mutation Is Causing an Increase in Cases, Hospitalizations

The statewide test positivity rate is 24 percent, with more than 10,000 new cases as of Monday, July 25.

07/28/2022 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

What You Need to Know About Covid-19 Vaccines for Kids Under 5

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital physician Dr. Fernando Bula answers our questions about the newly approved vaccines.

06/30/2022 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Here's What You Need to Know About the Covid Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 Subvariants

Cases linked to these strains have been found in Florida, but not yet in Sarasota-Manatee.

06/14/2022 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Covid-19 Hospitalizations Are Rising Again in Sarasota-Manatee

On Monday, June 6, Sarasota Memorial Hospital reported treating 68 Covid-19 patients, seven of whom are in the intensive care unit.

06/09/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Health News

Should We Be Worried About Monkeypox?

The outbreak, which causes a rash similar to smallpox, has reached Florida. Experts are saying that, so far, the risk is low.

05/25/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19

Do Your At-Home Covid-19 Tests Expire?

A Sarasota infectious disease specialist weighs in.

05/24/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Your Health Questions Answered

Where Have Covid-19 Antibody Treatments Gone?

Why are they gone, and what has replaced them?

05/04/2022 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Here's What to Expect When Getting Your Second Covid-19 Booster

Sarasota residents who've already gotten it share their experience.

04/13/2022 By Samantha Lane

The Pandemic

A Second Covid-19 Booster is Now Available to Those Age 50 and Older

On Tuesday, March 29, the FDA approved a second Covid-19 booster of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for people age 50 and older. Here's where to get it in Sarasota.

03/30/2022 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Where to Get Pfizer's Covid Drug in Sarasota-Manatee

The antiviral drug made by Pfizer called Paxlovid is available by prescription only and can get picked up at one of these local pharmacies.

03/21/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19 Update

Do We Need to Worry About the Omicron BA.2 Variant in Sarasota?

B.A.2 is a "stealth" subvariant of Omicron that is more contagious, but vaccines do well against it.

03/17/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19 Update

It's Been Two Years Since the Start of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Here's Where We Stand.

While cases are on the decline in our area, deaths are still being reported.

03/11/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19 Update

Florida Surgeon General Opposes CDC Guidance To Vaccinate Children Against Covid-19

The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children ages 5-11 be vaccinated, but Ladapo says the risks of vaccination outweigh the benefits in healthy children.

03/07/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Covid-19 Update

What's the Status of Covid-19 in Sarasota-Manatee Right Now?

Dr. Manuel Gordillo at Sarasota Memorial Hospital shares an update on Covid-19 in Sarasota and Manatee County.

02/08/2022 By Allison Forsyth

The Pandemic

Can Omicron Cause Long Covid?

Omicron is more transmissible than past variants, but it may not cause the same long-term effects.

01/28/2022 By Allison Forsyth

Grants

WBTT Approved by National Endowment for the Arts for American Rescue Plan Grant

The funding will be used to support artistic team salaries.

01/27/2022 By Staff

The Pandemic

Here's Where to Get a Covid Test in Sarasota-Manatee Right Now

What to know about testing wait times, where to get tested and more.

01/26/2022 By Allison Forsyth