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More Than 1,900 New COVID-19 Cases Added Over the Weekend

Monday, April 20, at 11 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health reported 1,907 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the total number on Monday morning to 26,660, with 3,842 total hospitalizations and 786 total deaths so far. In Sarasota County, there are 289 total cases; in Manatee County, there are 428.

Florida Records 24,753 Positive COVID-19 Cases as of Friday Evening

Friday, April 17, at 6 p.m.

Florida added 634 new COVID-19 cases between the state department of health's morning and evening updates today, bringing the total number of cases to 24,753. The total number of deaths also increased to 726, , the first African-American to serve on the commission.

There are Currently 24,119 Total COVID-19 Cases in Florida

Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health reported 24,119 positive COVID-19 cases this morning, a jump of 779 cases overnight. There have been 686 deaths in the state so far.

State Reports 443 New Cases Between Morning and Evening Updates

Thursday, April 15, at 6 p.m.

The Florida Department of Health reported 443 new COVID-19 cases between its 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. updates today, bringing the total to 23,340 cases. There are currently 309 total cases in Manatee County and 260 total cases in Sarasota County. Statewide, there have been 3,458 hospitalizations and 668 deaths.

Florida Adds 816 Cases in 24-Hour Period

Thursday, April 15, at 11 a.m.

The state added 816 new COVID-19 cases between its 11 a.m. update on Wednesday morning and its 11 a.m. update this morning, bringing the total number to 22,897. There are currently 288 total cases in Manatee County and 255 total cases in Sarasota County. Statewide, there have been 3,305 total hospitalizations and 633 deaths.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Rise to 22,081

Wednesday, April 14, at 11 a.m.

Between the Florida Department of Health's 11 a.m. update yesterday morning and today, 444 more positive COVID-19 cases were recorded, as well as 3,099 total hospitalizations and 591 total deaths due to the virus. While those numbers continue to rise, that yesterday's totals were the smallest daily increases the state has seen since in more than two weeks, and that overall case growth is beginning to slow thanks to social distancing and "safer at 上海快三" guidelines.

Florida Reports 21,637 COVID-19 Cases; 2,909 Hospitalizations

Tuesday, April 13, at 11 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health reported a total of 618 new COVID-19 cases between its 6 p.m. Monday update and its 11 a.m. this morning, bringing the state total to 21,637. Total hospitalizations are 2,909; 524 people have died from the disease (an increase of 25 people since yesterday at 6 p.m.). There have been 259 total cases in Manatee County and 233 in Sarasota County.

State Adds 418 COVID-19 Cases This Afternoon

Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m.

The Florida Department of Health 418 more COVID-19 cases between its 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. updates, bringing the total to 21,019 cases, with 2,841 hospitalizations and 499 deaths. In Sarasota County, there are now 230 cases; in Manatee County, there are 252 cases.

Florida Breaks 20,000 COVID-19 Cases

Monday, April 12, at 11 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health , bringing the state's total this morning to 20,601; there are 250 cases in Manatee County and 233 in Sarasota County. Currently, 2,694 Floridians are hospitalized as a result of the infection and 470 people have died, including 13 Manatee County residents and 13 Sarasota County residents.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Rise to 17,531 as of Friday Morning

Friday, April 10, at 11 a.m.

Florida added 685 positive COVID-19 cases overnight, according to the state department of health's 11 a.m. update, bringing the total number of infections to 17,531. There are 2,360 Floridians currently hospitalized; 390 people have died in the state as a result of the infection.

Department of Health Reports 462 More COVID-19 Cases

Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m.

Florida's positive COVID-19 cases grew by 482 between the Florida Department of Health's 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. updates; seven more deaths were also reported. In Manatee County, there are now 179 cases; in Sarasota County, there are 201 cases.

More Than 16 Million People Have Filed for Unemployment in the U.S.

Thursday, April 9, at 1:40 p.m.

New data from the U.S. Department of Labor today showed that 6.6 million more people filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total to a staggering 16.78 million. Click here to read more.

Florida Records 16,364 COVID-19 Cases, 364 Deaths

Thursday, April 9, at 11 a.m.

Florida's positive COVID-19 cases grew by 666 cases overnight, to 16,364; of those, 351 are in Sarasota-Manatee. The news comes as unemployment claims across the country grew by another 6.6 million, bringing the total number of jobless Americans to a staggering 16.78 million.

Florida's COVID-19 Cases Jump to 15,698; 323 Deaths

Wednesday, April 8, at 6 p.m.

The Florida Department of Health 15,698 COVID-19 cases in its 6 p.m. update, and 323 deaths—up from the morning's 309. There are currently 2,082 people hospitalized, 172 cases in Manatee County and 184 cases in Sarasota County. Florida's numbers continue to rise as new reports offered that efforts like social distancing and sheltering in place are slowing the virus, although experts warn that the end won't necessarily be in sight by summer.

Florida Breaks 15,000 COVID-19 Case Mark

Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.

The state of Florida added 709 cases between its 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. updates, according to the Florida Department of Health. There are currently 350 cases in Sarasota-Manatee; 309 people have died, and 1,956 people have been hospitalized. to read more.

Florida Reports 14,747 COVID-19 Cases

Tuesday, April 7, at 6 p.m.

Florida added 243 COVID-19 cases between its 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. updates, bringing the state's total to 14,747. There are currently 164 cases in Manatee County and 173 cases in Sarasota County.

Florida Adds 875 New COVID-19 Cases Overnight; Death Toll Rises to 283

Tuesday, April 7, at 11 a.m.

Florida added 875 new COVID-19 cases between the Florida Department of Health's 6 p.m. update yesterday and it's 11 a.m. one this morning, bringing the state's total to 14,504. The death toll from the virus climbed to 283; 1,777 people have been hospitalized. to see more.

Florida Reports 13,629 COVID-19 Cases at 6 P.M. Updates; 254 Deaths

Monday, April 6, at 6 p.m.

The Florida Department of Health reported 385 more COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths between its 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. updates today, bringing the totals to 13,629 and 254, respectively. The news came as the U.S. death toll and hospitals scrambled for supplies. Still, some hope that the virus could be reaching its peak in states like New York, where , according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Sarasota Farmers Market Suspends All Operations

Monday, April 6, at 12:30 p.m.

The decision has led to the layoff of two employees, the closure of the market’s office and an end to social media posts from the market. Click here to read more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise; State Reports 236 Deaths

Monday, April 6, at 11 a.m.

According to the Florida Department of Health, cases of COVID-19 rose to 13,244 as of this morning's 11 a.m. update. The disease has hospitalized 1,592 Floridians; 236 people have died.

New technology now also makes it possible to see how many people are infected by zip code; in downtown Sarasota, for example, there are 10 cases as of this morning; in downtown Bradenton, there are "5 to 9" cases. to see more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket to 11,111; 191 Deaths

Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health announced that there are currently 11,111 COVID-19 cases in the state, a jump of 1,526 cases since the Friday morning update. The state is also poised to break the 200-death mark, and 1,386 people are currently hospitalized. In the U.S., more than 7,000 people have died as a result of the virus.

On Friday, the CDC that all Americans wear cloth masks to help prevent the spread of the virus; local designer Camilyn Beth has a tutorial for how to sew your own here.

SPARCC Braces for an Uptick in Domestic Violence Emergency Calls

Friday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m.

"We’re definitely concerned," says SPARCC executive director Jessica Hays, "because people are really isolated right now." to read more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Jump to 9,585; 163 Deaths

Friday, April 3, at 11 a.m.

Florida health officials added 577 new COVID-19 cases to the state's total overnight, bringing the new number to 9,585. So far, 163 Floridians have died from the virus and 1,215 are hospitalized. In Manatee County, there are 94 cases; in Sarasota County, 118. Four Sarasota County residents died yesterday. to see more.

Florida Records 9,008 COVID-19 Cases Between 11 A.M. and 6 P.M., a 998-Case Increase; Global COVID-19 Cases Break the 1 Million Mark

Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m.

Florida health officials added 998 new COVID-19 cases to the states total between its 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. updates today, bringing the new number to 9,008. As of this evening, 144 Floridians have died from the virus, and another 1,167 have been hospitalized. The grim numbers come as , and global COVID-19 cases . to read more.

Florida Adds More Than 1,000 COVID-19 Cases in 24-Hour Period

Thursday, April 2, at 3 p.m.

Between 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, and 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, Florida recorded 1,055 positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's total to 8,010. So far, 128 people have died as a result of the disease, and 1,058 people are currently hospitalized. In Manatee County, there are 73 cases; in Sarasota County, there are 100 cases. for more information.

What Does DeSantis's Safer-at-上海快三 Order Actually Mean?

Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m.

Does it change anything? If you’ve been working from 上海快三 and only going out to the grocery store or pharmacy, and taking a run in your neighborhood that keeps you away from others, you’re already complying with the new safer-at-上海快三 order. It’s not forcing people to stay at 上海快三, and it’s not technically an order at all—at least not according to Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight. Click here to read more.

U.S. Unemployment Claims Spike to Shocking 6.6 Million

Thursday, April 2, at 9:15 a.m.

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. Click here to read more.

Facing Rising National Pressure, DeSantis Issues Stay-at-上海快三 Order

Wednesday, April 1, at 2:30 p.m.

After days of resisting shutting down non-essential businesses, Gov. DeSantis’ order will take effect Thursday, April 2, at midnight. Click here to read more.

Florida Reports 6,955 COVID-19 Cases Wednesday Morning, Fifth Highest Number in U.S.

Wednesday, April 1, at 12:30 p.m.

We wish this were an April Fool's joke, but it's not: COVID-19 cases in Florida continue to rise, as do infections in Sarasota and Manatee counties. This morning, the Florida Department of Health reported 6,955 cases, a 214-case jump from last night's numbers. In Sarasota County, there are 82 cases; in Manatee County, there are 58. for more information.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Increase to 6,741; National Models Forecast High U.S. Toll

Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m.

Florida's COVID-19 cases jumped by 403 people between the Florida Department of Health's 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. updates; in Sarasota County, there are 76 cases and in Manatee County, there are 53. Florida now has the fifth-highest number of cases in the U.S., behind New York, New Jersey, California and Michigan. , new data from the scientists leading the Trump administration's coronavirus efforts have estimated the virus could kill between 100,000 and 240,000 in the United States—and that as many as 25 percent of infected people may not show symptoms. to see more.

Anonymous Donor Gives $500,000 to Manatee Community Foundation for COVID-19 Relief

Tuesday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m.

Funds will be awarded to charities that are adapting and responding to the public health crisis in Manatee County. Click here to read more.

CareerEdge Partners With STC To Launch Student Internship Program

Tuesday, March 31, at 3:45 p.m.

Responding to the evolving needs during this time, CareerEdge adapted its Intern Reimbursement program model to make funding for this program possible during the pandemic. Click here to read more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Spike to 6,338

Tuesday, March 31, at 11 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health reported 865 new COVID-19 cases in its 11 a.m. update, including 71 in Sarasota and 48 in Manatee County. There have been 77 deaths so far; 772 people are hospitalized. to see more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Increase by 231

Monday, March 30, at 6 p.m.

Florida's number of COVID-19 cases increased by 231 between the Florida Department of Health's 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. updates, from 5,473 to 5,704. The state also recorded eight more deaths today; 715 people are hospitalized. to see more.

In Response to COVID-19, USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Unveils Food Pantry to Help Students

Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m.

The university is also making additional social services available. Click here to read more.

Sarasota County Updates Residents on the Latest COVID-19 Precautions

Monday, March 30, at 4:40 p.m.

Sarasota County will not be implementing a "safer-at-上海快三" order; two nursing facilities have active coronavirus cases. Click here to read more.

Is Anyone Hiring Right Now?

Monday, March 30, at 1 p.m.

CareerSource Suncoast’s job posts are dwindling, but a few companies still need workers. Click here to read more.

Florida Breaks 5,000-Case Mark, Records 63 Deaths

Monday, March 30, at 11 a.m.

This morning Florida recorded 5,473 positive COVID-19 cases, a jump of 523 cases overnight. In Sarasota County, 61 cases have been reported; in Manatee County, 39. There have been 63 deaths from the virus so far. to see more.

Florida Adds More Than 1,500 New COVID-19 Cases Over the Weekend; Bringing Total to 4,950

Sunday, March 29, at 11:30 p.m.

Between Friday evening and Sunday evening, Florida recorded 1,752 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's total to 4,950, one of the highest in the U.S. There have been 60 deaths in the state due to the virus, and 633 people are currently hospitalized. In Sarasota County, there are 61 cases; in Manatee, there are 38.

In the U.S., more than 2,300 people have died, and cases broke the 140,000 mark. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, that the death toll could reach a staggering 200,000; meanwhile, President Trump backed off his assertion that the U.S. economy would be back up and running at full strength by Easter and through the end of April. to see more.

Florida Records 3,198 COVID-19 Cases; U.S. Breaks 100,000-Case Mark

Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

Florida recorded 2,900 COVID-19 cases Friday morning, according to the state department of health; 456 of those cases are currently hospitalized. There have been 34 deaths so far. Manatee County currently has 28 cases; Sarasota has 40. The Orlando Sentinel reported this morning that COVID-19 fatalities are doubling approximately every four days; this week alone, the state has 1,729 new cases. to see more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Creep Closer to 3,000 Mark.

Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m.

Florida recorded 3,198 COVID-19 cases Friday night, according to the state department of health—a jump of 714 cases between the 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. updates. Of those cases, 503 are currently hospitalized. There have been 46 deaths so far. Manatee County currently has 29 cases; Sarasota County has 43. to see more.

Congress Passes $2.2 Trillion Relief Bill, the Largest in U.S. History

Friday, March 27, at 4 p.m.

Is help on the way? Congress passed its $2.2 trillion ; President Trump signed it into law this afternoon. Click here to see our rundown of the bill.

Florida Records 2,484 COVID-19 Cases Thursday Night as U.S. Tops the World in Cases

Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m.

Florida reported 129 more COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state's total cases to 2,484. The news came at the same time that the that the U.S. has more COVID-19 cases than anywhere else in the world, including China上海快三, Italy and Spain; nationally, there are 81,321 known cases, and more than 1,000 deaths. In Sarasota County, there are currently 34 cases, and in Manatee County there are 24 cases. The state is currently monitoring 1,655 people; there have been 28 deaths. to see more.

COVID-19 Cases Increase by 378 Between Wednesday Night, Thursday Morning

Thursday, March 26, at 11:20 a.m.

According to the Florida Department of Health, positive cases of COVID-19 jumped to 2,355 on Thursday morning—an increase of 378 cases from the night before. There are currently 1,655 people being monitored, and 23 people have died as a result of the disease.

In Sarasota County, there are currently 34 positive COVID-19 patients; 11 of those cases are travel-related, 20 are non-travel-related and three are of unknown origin. In Manatee County there are currently 24 patients; five are travel-related, 16 are non-travel-related and three are of unknown origin. to see more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m.

Florida recorded 295 more confirmed COVID-19 cases today between the Florida Department of Health's 11 a.m. and the 6 p.m. updates. Cases in Manatee County rose to 26; in Sarasota, there are now 32 cases. to read more.

New Dates Announced for RCLA Town Hall Lectures

Wednesday, March 25, at 12:45 p.m.

Speakers Lisa Genova and Annie Leibovitz will now appear in the series this fall. Click here to read more.

'There Aren't Enough Tests': One Sarasota Native's Experience With COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25, at 12 p.m.

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. Click here to read more.

Florida Records 1,682 COVID-19 Cases; 22 in Manatee County and 27 in Sarasota

Wednesday, March 25 at 11 a.m.

As of the 11 a.m. update from the Florida Department of Health, Florida COVID-19 cases have jumped to 1,682 (a 270-case increase from yesterday), with 22 confirmed cases in Manatee County and 27 confirmed cases in Sarasota County. There have been 22 deaths in the state since the outbreak began, including award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, who passed away at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. to read more.

Feel Better: Five Tips For Being Mindful

Wednesday, March 25, at 10 a.m.

The growing intensity of the coronavirus crisis has resulted in a lot of stress. Writer Heather Dunhill shares five easy ways to feel better in as little as five minutes. Click here to read more.

Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse Will Close Early

Tuesday, March 24, at 10 p.m.

The 25th annual showhouse was to run through April 12. Click here to read more.

City's Playgrounds, Parks to Close Wednesday

Tuesday, March 24, at 9:20 p.m.

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

Award-Winning Playwright Terrence McNally Passes Away in Sarasota

Tuesday, March 24, at 4 p.m.

The five-time Tony winner, a part-time Sarasota resident, died Tuesday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Click here to read more.

Van Wezel, WBTT and Sarasota Orchestra Announce Changes

Tuesday, March 24, at 1:15 p.m.

More cancellations and rescheduling due to COVID-19. Click here to read more.

How are You Social Distancing From Your Little Ones?

Tuesday, March 24, at 12 p.m.

How are you connecting with your little ones at a social distance? Senior editor Ilene Denton weighs in. Click here to read more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Hit 1,412; 16 in Manatee and 21 in Sarasota

Tuesday, March 24, at 11 a.m.

As of the 11 a.m. update from the Florida Department of Health, Florida COVID-19 cases have jumped to 1,412, with 16 confirmed cases in Manatee County and 21 confirmed cases in Sarasota County. There have been 18 deaths in the state since the outbreak began. to read more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Hit 1,171; 15 in Manatee and 19 in Sarasota

Monday, March 23, at 1 p.m.

Between Friday and Monday, Florida's confirmed COVID-19 cases , jumping from 563 on Friday afternoon to 1,171 as of Monday's 11 a.m. update. In Sarasota County, there are 19 confirmed cases; in Manatee County, there are 15.

Florida State Parks to Close

Monday, March 23, at 12:01 a.m.

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

Florida Coronavirus Cases Are at 563; 11 Deaths Reported

Friday, March 20, at 6 p.m.

As of Friday evening, the Florida Department of Health has reported 563 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida—a 43-case increase from yesterday evening's report. There have been 11 deaths; a total of 1,049 people are currently being monitored.

In Sarasota County, there are eight people with confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses (six men and two women). In Manatee County, there are currently 10 cases (five men and five women). to see a dashboard with the most up-to-date statistics.

DeSantis Issues Executive Orders Prohibiting On-Site Dining and Elective Surgeries; Fitness Centers to Close

Friday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order today ordering all restaurants and food establishments to halt on-site dining; this is an extension of a previous order that directed them to keep dining rooms at 50 percent capacity. He also ordered gyms and fitness centers to shutter to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to read more.

DeSantis also issued an executive order prohibiting elective medical procedures; these 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.” Click here to read more.

How to Support the Arts—Remotely

Friday, March 20, at 4 p.m.

Arts editor Kay Kipling shares some suggestions for your virtual experience, as local organizations work to keep the arts coming. Click here to read more.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Approves More Than $1 Million in Funding to Fight COVID-19

Friday, March 20, at 12 p.m.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of 10 Floridians and sickened 17 people in Sarasota-Manatee, has approved a supplemental grant to Sarasota Memorial Hospital of more than $1 million to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Funds will be used to bolster equipment currently in use at the hospital, enhance cleaning and infection control, and assist hospital staff. Click here to read more.

Florida COVID-19 Cases Jump to 520; 17 in Sarasota-Manatee

Friday, March 20, at 12 p.m.

As of Friday morning, the Florida Department of Health has reported 520 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida—an 88-case increase from yesterday evening's report. There have been 10 deaths; a total of 1,009 people are currently being monitored.

Three more cases have been reported in Sarasota County, bringing the total to eight people (five men and three women). In Manatee County, there are currently nine cases (five men and four women). to see a dashboard with the most up-to-date statistics.

Meals on Wheels 上海快三 Confront Rising Needs Caused By COVID-19

Friday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m.

typically prepares around 600 meals each day and delivers them to 900 or so individuals each month. Because of , which serves 上海快三bound and disabled individuals in Manatee County. Click here to read more.

Florida Nears 400 Positive COVID-19 Cases; 15 in Sarasota-Manatee

Thursday, March 19 at 11 p.m.

As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 393 Floridians have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Thirty-nine non-Florida residents have tested positive, making 432 confirmed positive cases in the state. There have been nine deaths so far. A total of 1,005 people are currently being monitored.

Of those 432 cases, nine are in Manatee County (five men and four women) and six are in Sarasota (four men and two women). In Sarasota, there are 67 pending tests; in Manatee, there are 15 pending tests. to see a dashboard with the most up-to-date statistics.

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources Facilities Are Closed Through April 12

March 19 at 9 p.m.

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources will remain closed through the beginning of April; all physical material due dates are extended for the duration of the closure, although library exterior book drops remain open for returns. The libraries' digital catalog is available 24/7 and allows library cardholders access to download books and magazines, and stream movies, TV and music. For more information, .

Sarasota, Manatee Beaches to Close

Thursday, March 19, at 5 p.m.

Sarasota and Manatee counties have announced that local beaches will close this weekend. Manatee County beaches will close at 6 a.m. on Friday morning and Sarasota County beaches at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. Click here to read more.

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Distilleries Shift to Producing Hand Sanitizer

Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m.

In response to the hand sanitizer shortage due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Loaded Cannon Distillery, Darwin Brewing 上海快三 and Drum Circle Distilling have begun producing hand sanitizer to provide to healthcare providers, first responders and the public. Click here to read more.

Organizations Cancel Events in Face of Coronavirus Outbreak

Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m.

Sarasota County libraries have closed until further notice, but will offer curbside drop-off and pick-up. Digital services are available 24/7.

The Ringling is closed until further notice.

Selby Gardens is closed until further notice.

is closed until further notice.

performances have been suspended through March 31, effective immediately.

Asolo Repertory Theatre has cancelled the remainder of its season.

Sarasota Ballet has cancelled the remainder of its season.

Florida Studio Theatre has cancelled the remainder of its 上海快三 winter season.

Urbanite Theatre's production schedule is on hold.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has closed its production of Your Arms Too Short to Box with God; word is still to come concerning its world premiere musical Ruby, set to open later in April, and beyond.

The Bishop Museum has closed until March 31.

Historic Spanish Point has closed until further notice.

Sarasota Magazine has postponed our annual Best of Sarasota party on March 30; the party will be rescheduled for the fall.

The has suspended all performances, classes and events, effective immediately.

is cancelling the following events through April 18: Anything Goes (March. 25-April 12); Pioneers of Rock 'n' Soul with Billy Buchanan (March 27); Could It Be Magic with Brian Gurl (April 3, 上海快三); Walk Through Wednesday (April 8); Summer Sizzler Auditions (April 11, 上海快三); Players Follies: Jukebox Reunion (April 17); and That’s Entertainment: The Players 90th Birthday Celebration (April 18)

is closed until further notice.

The has cancelled its 12th annual St. Patrick's Day block party.

The Sarasota Film Festival, scheduled for March 27-April 5, has been cancelled.

The announced today that it is postponing its 11th annual Milman-Kover Family Jewish Film Festival, effective immediately. The postponement includes all movie screenings and any special events between March 12 and March 22.

The has postponed its slate of events and monthly 上海快三 tours until further notice.

has postponed its March and April events, except for book clubs, and is offering curbside pick-up for shoppers.

is rescheduling its March 30 April Fool's Day event to May 18.

's Women in Medicine event has been postponed until March 26, 2021.

The (SPARCC) has cancelled its 40th anniversary SPARCCle in the City gala; its silent auction bidding will remain open from March 30 through April 3.

will postpone its annual Avant Garde gala until the fall, and will let supporters and ticket holders know once a new date has been chosen.

has moved its annual festival to October 29-Nov. 2.

is postponing its Journey to Wellness symposium and Inspiring Hope dinner until next winter.

has decided to cancel its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Studio + Digital Arts classes beginning March 16 through May 1, 上海快三.

at the Ringling Museum has been cancelled.

The has cancelled its “career connections” event on March 25.

The is postponing its April 4 event to a future date.

The is suspending performances immediately.

The has been cancelled.

This list is developing; stay tuned for more updates.

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State of Florida, Small Business Administration Activate Emergency Loan Programs

Thursday, March 18, at 5 p.m.

The Small Business Administration is offering Economic Disaster Injury Loans of up to $2 million for Florida’s small businesses and nonprofits. Click here to read more.

Florida has activated its bridge loan program, which offers short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experience economic injury from COVID-19. Click here to read more.

City of Sarasota Extends Public Health Emergency

Wednesday, March 18, at 3 p.m.

The declared a public health emergency in the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. In a release, the city said that all gatherings of 10 or more people within the city limits are prohibited. The declaration was made in order to continue to protect the health and safety of the community and position the City to qualify for possible state or federal funds for losses associated with COVID-19.

DeSantis Orders Bars and Night Clubs to Close, Restaurants to Operate at Half Capacity

Tuesday, March 17, at 11:45 a.m.

In an effort to prevent t—Gov. Ron DeSantis this morning announced that bars and nightclubs throughout the state should close for at least 30 days, and that restaurants should operate at half capacity during that same time period. Click here to read more.

Hospice, Retirement Communities Implement Coronavirus Precautions

Sunday, March 16, at 9 p.m.

Amid growing concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the increased risk for the elderly and immunocompromised, local caregiving communities and organizations are taking extra measures to protect Sarasota’s older residents. Precautions include canceling meetings and activities, limiting visitors, and even screening people as they enter campuses and facilities. Click here to read more.

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Major League Baseball Suspends Spring Training, Delays Season Opening

Major League Baseball (MLB) that the league has decided to cancel the remainder of its spring training games and postpone the start of the 上海快三 season in response to the U.S. coronavirus outbreak. In , MLB officials said, “This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, clubs and our millions of loyal fans.” In Sarasota and Manatee counties, the news affects the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves. Click here to read more.

New York Times Says Sarasota Memorial Hospital Has 'More Than 30 Patients in Isolation'

Wednesday, March 11, at 12 p.m.

A about COVID-19 (coronavirus) yesterday included an image of Sarasota Memorial Hospital physician Amanda LaPlante wearing a mask with a caption stating, "Amanda LaPlante, is an internal medicine physician at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida. The facility has more than 30 patients in isolation." Another image from featured paramedic Nikki Ricciardi screening patients before they enter the emergency room.

However, the hospital is quick to clarify that it's not unusual to have patients in isolation if they have the flu or other respiratory symptoms and infectious diseases, and that it has no positive or presumptive coronavirus cases at this time.

"We continue to test people daily for the flu and other respiratory viruses to rule out COVID-19," explains SMH public information officer Kim Savage. "If those tests come back negative, we submit samples to the state public health labs for COVID-19 testing. Since testing began in our region this month, we have sent about 50 samples, and all have come back negative."

The hospital has set up a to provide staff, local healthcare providers, local nursing 上海快三s and others in the community with information and guidance about COVID-19. It also created a public coronavirus hotline—(941)-917-8799—and its infection prevention team and hospital leaders are meeting frequently throughout the day to ensure anyone with a suspect illness or travel history is properly identified, isolated and cared for.

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Coronavirus Is Here. Here's How to Prevent Its Spread.

March 2 at 3 p.m.

, coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, such as when someone coughs or sneezes. The droplets may land on objects and surfaces, and other people can contract the disease by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath; they may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover without needing special treatment—however, the elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

Both the state department of health and the governor’s office say coronavirus’ threat to the public remains low, emphasizing that can help prevent the spread of respiratory infections. They include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying 上海快三 when you are sick and avoiding contact with people in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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