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Keys close beaches for July 4 weekend

After another weekend where crowds ignored mask requirements and three more businesses shut down because of liquor service or overcrowding violations, Key West officials are closing the local beaches, including Monroe County-controlled Higgs Beach, starting Thursday, July 2, at 5 p.m. The cities of Marathon and Key Colony Beach are[…]

County: No plan to close the Keys

The Florida Keys may be seeing record numbers of new COVID-19 cases, but there are no immediate plans to shut down the Florida Keys to visitors or erect new checkpoints limiting entrance. As of Monday morning, the Health Department had reported a total of 236 COVID-19 cases in Monroe County.[…]

Another Keys senior facility hit with COVID

A second Florida Keys senior living facility has reported a positive coronavirus case. The Florida Department of Health has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case at Key West Health and Rehabilitation center on College Road, Bob Eadie, director of the Monroe County offices of the Health Department, said Monday. The Health[…]

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,[…]