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City promotes masking up

A group of Key West Ambassadors recently volunteered to visit the city’s busiest attractions and hand out masks for those who don’t have one. And, considering this is Key West, they handed out party beads as well. These volunteers fanned out at the Southernmost Point and Mallory Square encouraging people[…]

Cases rise; mask rules tighten

Monroe County government is strengthening its mask requirements following a week of record-setting days when it comes to the daily number of new coronavirus cases being reported. The Florida Keys hit a daily record on Thursday when it had 14 new cases, bringing the total to 188 cases. On Friday,[…]

Commissioners cancel Key West fireworks event

Citing the soaring number of new COVID-19 cases in the Southernmost City and the Florida Keys, Key West City Commissioners voted unanimously in a special virtual meeting Friday to cancel the Fourth of July fireworks show. The resolution went further, canceling the entire special events permit approved for the Rotary[…]

Look out for COVID scams

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is warning residents of potential telephone scams regarding COVID-19. Residents have been contacted by callers stating they are with the Florida Department of Health and request social security numbers and medical information before the caller can provide “COVID-19 results.” These are scam[…]

Keys COVID-19 cases spike; County, cities set attack

With the Florida Keys experiencing its largest daily increase in coronavirus cases, local governments have started an aggressive marketing campaign to encourage people to wear masks, wash their hands and social distance. On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health reported that the Keys had reached 188 positive cases since the[…]

Florida shatters one-day coronavirus case record with 5,500

FORT LAUDERDALE — Floridians traveling to the New York City area will be required to quarantine as Florida’s new confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocketed by 5,500 Wednesday, a 25% jump from the previous one-day record set last week and triple the level of just two weeks ago. New York Gov. Andrew[…]

Florida again reports more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases

ORLANDO — For the second consecutive day, Florida has reported more than 5,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. Thursday’s rise in reported cases was lower than Wednesday’s record-setting mark, but it’s only the second time the state has crossed the 5,000-case mark in a day. In total,[…]

2 Key West bars close for 14 days due to virus

Two popular restaurant/bars in Key West closed Tuesday, June 23, because an employee worked for several days while awaiting COVID-19 test results that ultimately came back positive. Bob Eadie, administrator of the Florida Department of Health-Monroe County, said Shanna Key Irish Pub & Grill, 1900 Flagler Ave., and Willie T’s[…]

Key West rethinks fireworks decision

Key West City Commissioners will meet virtually in a special public session at 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, to revisit their decision allowing the traditional Fourth of July fireworks to take place. The 7-0 decision on June 2 was made with caution amidst concerns of a possible spread of the[…]

Wear your mask

The Monroe County government is reminding people that facial coverings over the nose and mouth must be worn by all employees and all customers in business establishments and other public settings where there is a roof overhead. The ordinance applies to employees and customers. The ordinance permits restaurant and bar[…]