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Daughters of the American Revolution honor those who serve

First responders received sweet appreciation this week in the form of homemade cookies baked by the Florida Keys chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, an organization that advances historic preservation, education and patriotism. DAR members can trace their family roots back to a patriot who served in the[…]

Free COVID-19 testing

The Health Department is ramping up its free COVID-19 testing this month. The Health Department will be conducting testing from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 14, July 21 and July 28 at the Big Pine Key Moose Lodge at 21 Wilder Road. The agency will be testing from[…]

Florida legislator recovering from virus; cases rising

ST. PETERSBURG — A Florida legislator said Wednesday that he is recovering from the coronavirus but his parents are now infected, while a man and his three sons are facing federal charges that they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical mixture as a miracle cure for the coronavirus and other diseases.[…]

Florida’s largest county limits restaurants as virus spikes

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida’s largest county is again severely limiting its restaurants and fully closing gyms and other indoor venues weeks after they reopened because a spike in coronavirus cases is creating a shortage of intensive care unit beds at its hospitals. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Monday that[…]

Democrats: DeSantis’ virus inaction cost Floridian lives

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation blasted Gov. Ron DeSantis’ response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying Tuesday that his refusal to issue statewide orders requiring masks and impose tougher restrictions on businesses has caused unneeded deaths and spread the disease. They called on the Republican governor to close beaches[…]

Rise in COVID causes accounting of hospital resources

After a week of record setting days for new daily COVID-19 cases, Monroe County government officials pressed Florida Keys hospital representatives on Monday morning about the hospitals’ capacity to handle a surge in coronavirus cases. Sunday set a new record day for new cases in Monroe County, with 30 new[…]

Curfews, closures as COVID-19 burdens Florida hospitals

MIAMI — As coronovirus infections surge across Florida and hospital authorities nervously count their available intensive care beds, the state’s most populous county is closing down again, imposing a curfew and closing beaches over the Fourth of July weekend to contain the spread. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the[…]

Pence, DeSantis meet; Florida hits 10,000 daily virus cases

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida reported more than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time Thursday, an unwanted milestone eclipsed hours before Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis met in Tampa to discuss the state’s response to the disease. The new record of 10,109 cases is partly[…]

Florida hospital in virus-hit county scales back surgeries

ST. PETERSBURG — The largest hospital in Florida’s hardest-hit county in the coronavirus pandemic announced Wednesday that it is scaling back elective surgeries and other procedures because of a new surge in cases. Jackson Health System, Miami’s largest hospital with about 1,200 regular beds and 200 intensive care unit beds,[…]

Florida doctor: Infections will rise for weeks to come

ST. PETERSBURG — As Florida enters the height of summer tourist season, the state’s largest cities and counties are closing beaches, mandating masks and halting business reopenings, hoping the measures will slow a steep resurgence of coronavirus cases. Many of the new cases are among younger adults and attributed to[…]