Sonya Update: Still In Intensive Care With Breathing Problems

We keep hoping for better news for Tampa Bay Lightning national anthem singer Sonya Bryson-Kirksey. Tonight, the organizer of her fundraiser provided an update on her condition. Thomas Schooley says Sonya remains in intensive care. She was put into the ICU this past week when she had a really bad fever.
Florida StateBeach Beacon

COVID-19 case numbers surging in Florida: Transmission rate high statewide

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an alarming uptick in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations nationwide, especially among young adults. Florida’s COVID-19 numbers are following the same trend and the transmission rate is high. For the week of July 23-29, Florida Department of Health reported 110,477 new COVID-19 cases,...
Pinellas County, FLPosted by
Tampa Bay Times

Mask up those students and protect them! | Letters

DeSantis plans executive order to halt school mask mandates | July 30. As a grandparent of five Pinellas County school-age children, I urge the Pinellas County School Board to mandate masks in all of the public schools. Doctors and scientists are telling us that masks save lives. Please listen to them and not to politicians who are catering to their base rather than being concerned with the health and welfare of the community. The elected governing body of our schools has the right to tell students, teachers, other school employees and visitors to wear masks. Mandating masks for everyone in schools also can teach the students responsibility and concern for all as opposed to just their own self comfort. That is a great lesson in patriotism and benevolence.
Sarasota, FLHerald Tribune

New COVID-19 cases in Sarasota-Manatee 10x what they were four weeks ago

New COVID-19 cases in the past week are more than 10 times what they were four weeks ago, according to data released Friday by the Florida Department of Health. Sarasota County saw 1,412 new cases over the past week, compared to 141 four weeks ago and 899 last week. Manatee County had 1,552 new cases, compared to 139 four weeks ago and 998 last week.
Florida StateBradenton Herald

Florida sets a record with 21,683 new COVID-19 cases reported Saturday, the CDC says

Saturday, the state of Florida reported more new COVID-19 cases to the Centers for Disease Control than any previous day in the coronavirus pandemic: 21,683. That’s a 12.1% jump over the previous record, Jan. 7’s 19,334 cases during the worst month of the pandemic. Daily case counts routinely surpassed 10,000 as the pandemic peaked a second time. In the succeeding months, daily case counts returned to 2,000 and 8,000.
Hillsborough County, FLPosted by
Tampa Bay Times

Hillsborough to require masks inside county buildings

Hillsborough County will require the public, regardless of vaccination status, to wear facial coverings inside county buildings beginning Monday. The safeguard comes because of an increase in COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Hillsborough County. The new guidelines will require facial coverings in county facilities such as libraries, recreation centers and the...